Criminalist I

San Diego Police, San Diego, CA, US


Criminalist I positions perform chemical, biological and physical analyses on narcotics, firearms, organic material and other substances involved in police investigations; prepare evidence for presentation in court; testify as expert witnesses; and perform other duties as assigned. Positions are likely in Forensic Biology/DNA section


You must meet ONE of the following options:

  1. A Bachelor's Degree from an accredited college/university in Criminalistics, Forensic Science, Biochemistry, Chemistry, Biology, Microbiology, Digital Forensics, or Computer Forensics.
  2. A Bachelor's Degree from an accredited college/university in Computer Science or a closely related physical or biological science AND one-year of full-time professional Criminalistics experience in ONE or more of the following areas:
  • Blood Alcohol Analysis
  • Computer Forensics
  • Crime Scene Reconstruction
  • Digital Forensics
  • Firearms Identification
  • Forensic Biology
  • Narcotic Analysis
  • Toxicological Analysis
  • Trace Evidence Analysis

COURSE WORK: Completion of the following college-level course work:

  • 8 semester/12 quarter college-level units in general chemistry.
  • 3 semester/4 quarter college-level units in organic chemistry or biochemistry.


$72,092.80 - $87,380.80 Annually

City employees may be eligible to participate in a benefit program including holidays, vacations, savings and retirement plans, health programs, and other benefits.

Eligible City employees initially hired or assuming office on or after July 10, 2021, with the exception of Police Recruits participating in the City’s Police Academy, will participate in the City’s Defined Benefit Plan administered by the San Diego City Employees’ Retirement System (SDCERS).

Benefits may change due to employer-employee contract negotiations.

How to apply

  1. Go to
  2. Select the "Apply" link
  3. Create an account (if necessary)
  4. Fill out the application