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CRIME SCENE INVESTIGATOR

Working Environment
       - As the job title suggest, they spend their time at crime scenes, gathering evidence and making notes about details of the scene. But much of their time is also spent in the law enforcement agency's lab examining evidence under a microscope. Some of this lab time is spent alone, analyzing specimens and recording data. Their work involves strict adherence to protocol and exposure to evidence based on a violent occurrence, such as a shooting or car accident.
Education/ Required Training
    - The best route to becoming a crime scene investigator is to become involved with law enforcement. It requires to have a four year science degree. There are a few positions available that require only a high school diploma or GED, but obtaining a college degree will increase a person’s chances of getting hired. Investigators are required to hold valid driver's licenses since they must travel to crime scenes.
     - No matter their background, crime scene investigators also require on-the-job training before they can handle cases on their own. They apprentice under more experienced investigators to learn correct collection procedures and how to document activities so they stand up to scrutiny in court.             
  ** Requirements to become a crime scene investigator are agency specific, so it is important to contact the hiring employer to see what you can do to be better qualified for the job. In general, the more college education and experience you have, the more attractive you are to hiring police departments.
Work Values
   **Achievement — Occupations that satisfy this work value are results oriented and allow employees to use their strongest abilities, giving them a feeling of accomplishment. Corresponding needs are Ability Utilization and Achievement.
   **Working Condition -Occupations that satisfy this work value offer job security and good working conditions. Corresponding needs are Activity, Compensation, Independence, Security, Variety, and Working Conditions.
   **Recognition - Occupations that satisfy this work value offer advancement, potential for leadership, and are often considered prestigious. Corresponding needs are Advancement, Authority, Recognition, and Social Status.

Working with Data, People, & Things

   - Since criminal investigators writes reports about the accident, they mostly be using a data. They tend to use both types which are qualitative and quantitative. 

   - In crimes, people are involved, to be specific, we call them suspects, victims, and witness. And with that, they are inclined to have some sort of communications to the people that are believed to be involved. They also work both within their department and other agencies to provide better testimony, and conducting counterespionage operations to have an accurate report.

    - This people are engaged in a world were violence happened, blood are everywhere, evidence are everywhere. And that is why the investigators have/uses fingerprint, casting and photographic equipments, evidence packaging and blood collection supplies, deceased print kit, hand tools, and biohazard kits. They also carry firearms for self-defense.

Working Hours

The crime scene investigator works at the office of his or her job assignment Monday through Friday, which is normally 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Must accept scheduled after-hours standby duty every other week. While on standby, the crime scene investigator must be readily available by pager or phone at all times to respond to requests for service. In addition to the standby duty, the incumbent is expected to respond to emergency calls whenever necessary 24 hours a day.


Career Outlook

- There were more than 12,500 crime scene investigators employed nationwide in May 2011, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) reported. The BLS projects 19% employment growth through 2020, which is higher than the national average (14%) for all occupations. Much of the increase likely will be driven by technological advances that have made crime scene forensics more prevalent across the country.

Required Aptitude and Abilities

- Being a Crime Scene Investigator puts you in a tense pressure and stressful days. It'll definitely divide your time between your family and friends. So it requires great skills on time-management, problem solving tactics,  be open to ideas and be logic,  and an skill involving hearing and speech. You are expected to be ready to acquire more knowledge than what you already know and engage in a more challenging and analytical type of learning.
Conclusion
   - Everything has changed. Throughout the research, I realized that I'm still lacking some skills, or knowledge to be able to achieve my dream job. But I think that's the whole point of everything. It's for me to know what I need to know and do,  know what I should work hard on to, and the things I need to focus on. But despite the disappointment I felt through my research, there's also those factors that tells me that I have more than enough time to prepare myself and gain the required things for me to be able to qualify to that certain job. Although sometimes my fickleness comes in the way, I strive to do my best to ponder each and every step and decision I make.