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Blood Spatter Analyst
Transcript of Blood Spatter Analyst
What does it take to become a
Blood Spatter Analyst
Education and Training
Becoming a Blood Stain Analyst is harder than one would think; after completing at least a high school course revolving around natural and forensic sciences, most law enforcement agencies require a Bachelor's Degree or higher. Before applying, you need to complete a minimum of 40 hours of approved courses dealing with Blood Spatter Analysis, and must then receive a 75% or higher on the certification test. If you pass, you can work as an independent officer, apply for a local law-enforcement agency, or attempt a position in the FBI. If you apply for such a position, they require another four years of job-related experience, such as a crime scene technician or criminalist.
Responsibilities and Daily Activities
Blood Spatter Analysts have a rather limited variety of responsibilities when compared to other crime-scene related officials. However, the time and training needed to become one is lengthy and thorough. A Blood Spatter Analyst needs to be ready to inspect a crime scene (or any area with a blood spatter) at any time, similar to a Crime Scene Investigator. Normal daily duties usually consist of responding to crime scenes, working with blood and other body fluids, and testifying in court using their findings.
The salary range of a Blood Spatter Analyst can fluctuate depending on where you are employed. Since they are considered to be a subcategory of Forensic Science Technicians, Blood Spatter Analysts earn anywhere from $41,000 to $65,000 annually. The 90th percentile of the most experience Blood Spatter Analysts earned as much as $82,990 annually.
My Self-Reflection and Comments
Being a Blood Spatter Analyst, like any other occupation, has its pros and cons. It can be potentially dangerous, especially when dealing with bodily fluids and hazardous materials, but it can also be exciting and the words "law-enforcement" definitely look cool on resumes, job descriptions, and bragging to people. It requires a lot more education that I originally thought, as well as trigonometry. Personally, I would be interested to become a Blood Spatter Analyst simply because it's an exhilarating and exciting occupation.
International Association for Identification. Bloodstain Pattern Analyst. 2013 <http://www.theiai.org/certifications/bloodstain/requirements.php>
Blood Spatter Analyst. Salary and Job Outlook. 2013 <http://bloodandrews.weebly.com/salary-and-job-outlook.html>