Police - Crime Scene Analyst

Career Overview

A crime scene analyst analyzes crime scenes to gather evidence by doing many things including taking pictures and looking for finger prints and/or DNA.


A four-year bachelor's degree in criminal justice, forensic science, chemistry, biology, or a related field will likely be required to obtain this position.

Salary Expectations

Low End:
High End:
$34,600 /yr
$58,230 /yr
$97,200 /yr

Recommended Courses

  • English - as much as possible!
  • Criminal Justice
  • Communication
  • Take as many college-prep courses as possible!
  • Science - as much as possible, including biology and psychology!
  • Government
  • Foreign Languages
Work Environment

A crime scene analyst can work for police departments, crime laboratories, or the medical examiners office. This job may require night and weekend work as well as long hours at times.

Future Outlook

Competition for these positions will likely be very strong because of the large numbers of people who would like to do this work.

Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook
Explore Careers, Labour Market Information, Government of Canada