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.
Forensic science technicians typically need at least a bachelor’s degree in a natural science, such as chemistry or biology, or in forensic science. On-the-job training is generally required for both those who investigate crime scenes and those who work in labs.
Employment of forensic science technicians is projected to grow 14 percent from 2019 to 2029, much faster than the average for all occupations. However, because it is a small occupation, the fast growth will result in only about 2,400 new jobs over the 10-year period.
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.Most laboratory forensic science technicians work during regular business hours. Crime scene investigators may work extended or unusual hours and travel to crime scenes within their jurisdiction.