Evidence Specialist Career Outlook, Employment & Job Information

Evidence Specialist

Evidence Specialist Career Overview

If you're detail-oriented and highly organized, a job as an evidence specialist might appeal to you. An evidence specialist processes, preserves, and destroys evidence collected at crime scenes. Typical work for an evidence specialist might include receiving and logging in evidence and property, carefully tracking each item, maintaining records of evidence, and collecting evidence at crime scenes to transport or mail to crime labs or forensic laboratories. Job responsibilities can include the following:

  • Performing evidence control and maintenance, including securing evidence and maintaining accurate records
  • Facilitating the movement of evidence from crime scenes to research laboratories or destruction locations
  • Processing tapes and photographs
  • Performing various report-taking duties, such as releasing weapons to owners, fingerprinting, and photographing
  • Providing information to the general public
  • Testifying in depositions and court proceedings
Evidence specialists generally work for law enforcement agencies, whether municipal, state, or federal.

Evidence Specialist Education Requirements

The position does not generally require a college education. However, you can make yourself a more desirable candidate by obtaining a campus-based or online degree in criminal justice. Additional law enforcement training is highly recommended. Consider criminal justice degrees to jumpstart your career.

Evidence Specialist Employment

While the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics does not have data specific to evidence specialists, there were about 861,000 police and detectives in the U.S. at last count. Police departments in cities with populations of more than 25,000 are most likely to offer employment in this field.

Evidence Specialist Job Description

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment in the field of police work is expected to increase approximately 11 percent through 2016, about as fast as the average for all occupations.

Evidence Specialist Salary Range

*W36Advertised jobs show a salary range from $46,000 to $60,000.

*Bureau of Labor Statistics

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