November 9th, 2012
“Behind the Magnifying Glass” Crime Scene Investigators
According to the Auburn, New York Police Department, at least two thousand, three hundred people go missing from the United States every day (www.auburnpolice.com). Some of whom are never found. Without Crime Scene Investigators none of these victims would ever be found and identified. This would be a good career for someone who likes mystery or wants to help someone who’s suffering from a lost loved one. Crime Scene Investigation is a widely used, interesting career that helps in the detection of crime and gives an identity to human remains, forensic anthropology also plays a big part in Crime Scene Investigation (www.auburnpolice.com). Criminal Investigation is a field of biology, chemistry, and criminal justice or otherwise known as Criminology. Forensic anthropologists are affiliated with the Criminal Investigators, they apply standard scientific techniques developed in physical anthropology to analyze human remains to aid in the detection of crime. They analyze the remains and evidence, found on and around the crime scene. Forensic anthropologists work with osteologists, Forensic pathologists, and homicide investigators to help discover and examine human bone remains. Forensic anthropologists look over the location of the body and determine time of death and whether or not the body had been moved or tampered with. They also are in charge of creating a biological profile for the victim, stating age, sex, stature, ancestry and other important details of the victim (pbs.org) (forensicanthropologists.net). The education requirements to become a Criminal Investigator aren’t so much. Science and Criminal Justice is what is mainly required. It is recommended to take high school Chemistry and Physics courses. A bachelor’s degree in criminal justice, criminology, biology or chemistry is also needed. Schooling at the police academy is required after college education. Most Criminal Investigators have a degree in criminal justice and schooling from the police academy. The higher education though, for a Criminal Investigator, the better it is for their career. (www.crimesceneinvestigator.com). The salary varies depending on where one works as a Criminal Investigator. Even though the demand for Criminal Investigators is limited, there are plenty of career opportunities for them. Some work in a laboratory for a state or federal unit. Salary for a Criminal Investigator in a State of Federal Sector is based on education, which usually ranges from $75,000 to $95,000 a year. The more education a Criminal Investigator receives, the more money they will make. Criminal Investigators can also work in national or global facilities with medical examiners. They can even be a professor at a college or university. Criminal Investigators that work at a college or university, as a professor, usually make $35,000 to $50,000 a year (ezinearticles.com).
Criminal Investigators working in the lab are the most common career paths taken. Being a criminal examiner allows for a flexible schedule. It also allows them to do extra research to obtain grants for the colleges or universities to do studies and better learn the background about Criminal Investigation. Professors get to keep scientific journals to document their research and record all of their experiments. Keeping scientific journals increase expertise status by gaining more information about the area of study they are working on (ezinearticles.com). The first two questions any Criminal Investigator asks themselves are who is it and what happened. At any case the most important things a Criminal Investigator has to do is find out who the victim is and what happened to them. They give an identity to the victim by reconstructing their biological profile. The forensic anthropologist creates the biological profile by constructing a number of complicated and solid biological