3. Fingerprint Analyst
This job description is just the same as the job title, but in this forensic career the analyst often also works to obtain footprints or palm prints in addition to fingerprints from the crime scene. Laboratory, photographic, and computer equipment is used to analyze the prints obtained.
Education Required: A high school graduate can be trained for this job, although a four-year degree in forensic science is normally required with study in such subjects as criminal justice, math, science, and chemistry. Analysts must also have good communication skills to report their findings and to testify in court cases. Certification in two categories is offered through such organizations as the International Association for Identification. Continuing education is a must for this career choice.
Median Salary: $54,000
STEM Type: Investigator