The Top 3 ‘Unknown’ Yet Critical Jobs in Forensic Science
Anyone who watches CSI is probably familiar with the forensic DNA analyst or the blood stain pattern analyst. However, there are some other equally critical jobs in forensic science that don’t get as much play in the media. While these jobs may not have the “wow” factor that the forensic anthropologist does, they are critical for solving crimes. Many of these not-as-well-known jobs are highlighted in CSI: The Experience, an educational exhibit in Las Vegas at the MGM Grand. Here’s a look at three of them.
Forensic Documents Examiner
It isn’t just Sherlock Holmes that knows how to compare handwriting samples to figure out who done it. If forgeries are ever suspected in a crime, then the forensic documents examiner takes a look at different handwriting samples to determine the validity of the John Hancock on the papers. This forensics professional would be called in to look at bank statements, contracts, checks and other legal documents. Usually, the documents examiner takes an apprenticeship, which lasts about two years, to learn how to do the job. Typically, the forensic documents examiner works in white-collar crimes and can expect to make a salary of about $47,000 a year.
Forensic Accountant Jobs
It wasn’t a ballistics expert that brought down Al Capone It was the numbers crunchers of forensic science, the forensic accountants. People who work as forensic accountants follow the trail of money left by mobsters and white-collar criminals. Their training allows them to detect fraud, money laundering and embezzlement. They might also be called in when potential financiers of crime and terrorism have been identified via their financial accounts. Finally, these professionals help the victims of crime get just compensation for damages done to them as a result of fraud and other financial crimes. These forensic professionals earn about $70,000 a year on average.
Forensic Computer Investigators
In the age of the Internet, more and more criminals are leaving clues to their crime on the web, on personal computers and on mobile phones. The investigators and computer experts who investigate cybercrime know how to retrieve data from wiped or damaged hard drives, cell phones and other computing machines. These experts are called in when authorities want to track down victims of human trafficking and exploitation, online fraud and other crimes. The average salary for forensic computer investigators is about $100,000 a year.