Originally Posted by Laura H
I'm 14, and I have a bunch of jobs I want to pursue haha.
Criminal Lawyer, Broadcast Journalist or anything with Forensic Science.
But I REALLY want to become a crime scene investigator.
I know the show is completely different, but I want to
be able to investigate crime scenes and investigate murders..
What high school courses should I take, university courses?
And any CANADIAN universities?
There is an important distinction between a crime scene investigator and someone who investigates crimes. CSIs approach a crime scene with one goal: collecting evidence. Their objective is to find evidence that may serve to link a suspect to that particular scene or to the victim. Their job is not to speculate or to convict, simply to let the evidence speak for itself. Evidence then goes from the scene to a lab (at the direction of the investigating officer) and is analyzed. The person in charge of investigating the crime is usually a police detective. For example, a murder will be investigated by a homicide detective. This person is the one who follows leads, directs witness & suspect interviews, and eventually makes an arrest to charge someone with this crime. Unlike on tv, you will never
see one individual performing both of these jobs.
So the courses you take greatly depend on which career you are pursuing. If you want to be a CSI, science would be a great option. I would recommend a bachelor's in something like biochemistry. If you are interested in investigations, a criminal justice degree may be more appropriate. Depending on the county, a BS may be sufficient to be hired as a CSI or CST (technician). Many police forces will hire a basic officer without a bachelor's, but it is often required to make detective. Either way, a bachelor's degree will serve you well.