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Jobs and qualifications

Kayleigh Pottage
I know there are obviously many different types of things you can do within CSI, but what sort of grades and subjects would you need for GCSEs and A Levels in order to go into a CSI type job?
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Steve Staggs
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Kayleigh—

Here in the United States we do not use the General Certificate of Secondary Education (GCSE) program. Hopefully someone who visits this forum from England, Wales or Northern Ireland can answer your question.

Best wishes as you pursue your career goals.

Kayleigh Pottage wrote
I know there are obviously many different types of things you can do within CSI, but what sort of grades and subjects would you need for GCSEs and A Levels in order to go into a CSI type job?

—Steve

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Patricia Drury
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I have a Bachelor of Science in Forensic Investigations (concentrating in Crime Scene) and a Masters of Science in Criminal Justice. Now I am getting certified in Crime scene and Death Investigations. I am also a member of the American Criminal Justice Association and President of Chi Theta Upsilon for 2 years (a chapter of ACJA) I have been looking for work for 2 years and all I have gotten are sorry not hiring. (I am an Honor student as well) I have qualifications but still can't get hired? If you find out the secret let me know too.
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Elizabeth
Just keep trying. I have a Bachelor's of Technology in Criminal Investigations and a 6 month internship. My grades weren't outstanding at all, I graduated 14 of 23. No honor societies, no Greek life, nothing. Apply for everything that meets the education requirements. Once the agencies run out of people with experience, they need to look somewhere. It took me 9 months to land a job. I applied to over 70 agencies, and only had 2 interviews. It's tough, but be persistent, it will pay off.

Good Luck!
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Wilson CSI
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Where are you getting certified in Crime Scene and Death Investigation.  Or is it just a certificate course.  
DG
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DG
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I have a Bachelor's of Science in Criminal Justice/Forensic Science.  I have taken over 20 continuing education classes that amounted to about 2000 dollars.  I have applied to over 150 jobs in the past 2 years, had 4 interviews (2 were phone interviews) and I still cannot get my foot in the door.  It's nice paying on a student loan and knowing getting a job will be like winning the lottery.

Good luck to anyone who tries to get into this field of work.
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Steve Staggs
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Patricia (and "DG")—

There are over 250 jobs listed in the employment opportunity page of the Crime Scene Investigator Network. Many are entry level jobs.

To get in this career field you may find you need to move to a different location to get an entry level job. But once you have worked a while in that entry level position you will have the experience required for other jobs.

Another issue is the competition. Sometimes you are qualified but don't quite "ace" the interview so they select someone else who came across better in their interview.

Check out these two articles regarding preparing for interviews:

Patricia Drury wrote
I have a Bachelor of Science in Forensic Investigations (concentrating in Crime Scene) and a Masters of Science in Criminal Justice. Now I am getting certified in Crime scene and Death Investigations. I am also a member of the American Criminal Justice Association and President of Chi Theta Upsilon for 2 years (a chapter of ACJA) I have been looking for work for 2 years and all I have gotten are sorry not hiring. (I am an Honor student as well) I have qualifications but still can't get hired? If you find out the secret let me know too.

—Steve

Webmaster
Crime Scene Investigator Network
http://www.crime-scene-investigator.net