How to Become a Detective or CSI

If you’re a fan of shows like Law & Order, then we’re willing to be that one of the things you like most about it is how the detectives (or Crime Scene Investigators) are able to “break down” the clues of a crime in order to find out who ultimately caused it.

And if watching those kinds of programs have peaked your interest in becoming a detective yourself, you’re probably wondering what all goes into having a job in this particular kind of industry. So, in order to help to answer some of the questions that you might have, we have provided a few “clues” of our own. Ones that will help to lead you to a successful career within the field below:

Consider the demands of the job. No matter how much you may watch someone play a detective on television, nothing on-screen can prepare you for some of the gruesome sights at an actual crime scene. Therefore, you definitely have to be someone who is not squeamish about seeing blood and other disturbing things. Plus, you need to have the kind of personality that is analytical, can work with all kinds of people and can adapt to different environments at a moment’s notice.

Get a college education. In order to work in the CSI field, you’re definitely going to need to get a college education. Our recommendation is that you get a bachelor’s degree in Forensic Science. In fact, if you want to earn more money in the field, it’s even better if you earn a master’s degree as well.

Join the police academy. It’s not uncommon for police officers to transition into detective work because they already have a good idea of what it takes to be successful in the industry. But even if you do not desire to be a cop, it’s still a requirement to join the police academy in order to receive some thorough training. That said, one thing to take note of is that if you do decide to go from civilian to detective, you probably will not receive as much money as former police officers will. At least not for a while.

Get an apprenticeship. As with just about any field, the more experience you have, the more appealing you will be to prospective employers. This is certainly the case when it comes to becoming a CSI. So, even after completing your education and attending the police academy, we still recommend that you apply for an apprenticeship. For instance, if you live in New Work, perhaps consider working with a private detective at the New York Intelligence Agency. An apprenticeship is definitely a great way to spruce up your resume.

Be patient with the process. Now you’re finally ready to start looking for a job. You can begin your search by contacting the police academy you attended to see if they have any leads. Also, job search engines such as Indeed, Career Builder and even Craigslist tend to post positions within the detective field as well. Just remember that this tends to be a highly competitive market and so it’s important to be patient with the process so that you can ultimately land the ideal CSI job. Good luck!

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