So You Want to Be a Crime Scene Investigator?

It is interesting to see how the popular culture that gets developed through our television screens can influence the real decisions that people make in their lives. The rash of talent shows in recent years, such as American Idol and America’s Got Talent, has convinced thousands of people whose artistic skills may be less than superstar-worthy to pursue a singing career. When the show Friends became a national phenomenon in the mid-1990s, how many women rushed to the beauty salon and asked for the “Rachel” haircut? And, college admission counselors will tell you there is no doubt that popular programs like CSI and Law and Order have increased the numbers of students who wish to major in forensic science or criminology. Just complete a quick Google search of “CSI education” and you will find no shortage of online programs, traditional course work, and experts offering advice on the surefire way to land a job.
What does it really take to qualify someone to be a part of the team when a crime needs to be investigated? If you plan to work in a criminal laboratory, a four-year degree in a field like Biology or Chemistry will be required. If you instead want to work as a crime scene technician, a position in which you would collect and identify evidence, then you may only need a high school diploma or GED. Specific skills such as photography and fingerprint collection are in high demand, so those interested in the CSI field would be wise to read up or take a couple of courses in these areas.
Author Jennifer Chase used her own academic background in criminology to develop the storyline and characters for her new thriller Compulsion. In this novel, Chase takes her readers deep into the minds of the most horrifying criminals and, by doing so, shares her personal fascination with the way in which a criminal thinks and acts. Chase also introduces us to Emily Stone, a freelance investigator who works secretly to collect evidence against the worst pedophiles and serial killers. Emily’s ability to gather information leaves even the most veteran police officers stunned. Perhaps Emily Stone will inspire the minds of Chase’s female readers in the same way that Rachel inspired their hair!
Compulsion by Jennifer Chase can be purchased here.

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