CSI and Forensic Lab Hiring Expectations Survey

Source: Joe Treviño, MS, General Section Associate Member

AAFS Disclaimer

AAFS is neither conducting nor endorsing this research/survey, but rather assisting the member in the recruitment of participants. Any questions regarding the participation request should be directed to the recruiter below. 

I am interested in establishing current minimum expectations and hiring requirements for entry-level Crime Scene Investigators (CSIs) and forensic laboratory personnel. While there are forensic science education accreditation standards via the Forensic Science Education Programs Accreditation Commission (FEPAC), the needs of our field can change quickly and it is important to periodically report a baseline to keep all systems healthy.

There is some research into how FEPAC-accredited programs deliver their promise through curriculum and instruction, but the two surveys I am conducting ideally measure what Forensic Science Service Providers (FSSPs) expect from any institution, regardless of accreditation status or program type. Furthermore, the data collected in the surveys will identify better goals and targets for students, parents, educators, universities, FSSPs, etc.

Those who are involved in the hiring process for CSIs and forensic science laboratory personnel are encouraged to participate. This can be the public or private sector, manager or investigator/analyst, any level or agency type.

The link for CSIs (United States) is here.

The link for forensic science laboratory personnel (United States and Canada) is here.

Questions, comments, and/or concerns can be sent to joe.cruz.trevino+research@gmail.com.


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