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What education do you need to work in crime scene investigation?

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Most employers looking for crime scene investigators expect job candidates to have earned college degrees in criminal justice or a related field and to have worked as a police officer. Once they hire CSIs, many law enforcement agencies expect them to complete ongoing professional training to maintain their positions.

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What education do you need to work in crime scene investigation?
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The level of college required to be a CSI depends on the organization. Some require as little as an associate's degree, while others expect their CSIs to hold graduate degrees and relevant work experience. Education and prior work experience vary by state, as well as by county and city.

While many law enforcement agencies require CSIs to have worked as police officers, some allow civilians to perform the work as long as they have completed the respective mandatory level of education. These agencies usually require new CSI hires to complete on-the-job training before being allowed to work independently.

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