A crime laboratory analyst, also known as a forensic science analyst, holds an occupation within the criminal justice and science fields that includes gathering and analyzing data and evidence collected at crime scenes for the purpose of solving a crime. They assist with identifying victims and/or perpetrators in a crime, as well as provide supporting evidence related to motive as it exists. The majority of crime laboratory analysts are hired by local governments, although state and federal governments - as well as psychiatric hospitals - also employ crime laboratory analysts.
Crime laboratory analysts use toxicology, DNA and trace evidence, blood and hair samples, weapons involved in the crime, fingerprints and any other physical objects collected at the crime scene in their work. These professionals may specialize in a particular area such as DNA or toxicology as well. They use this evidence to create an analysis that is passed on to law enforcement personnel, and many analysts also testify in court about the information they have gathered.
A bachelor's degree in chemistry, forensic science or another relevant field is typically the minimum educational requirement for this position; many laboratories also require a graduate-level degree in a related field as well. Additionally, previous experience as a crime laboratory analyst may be required or preferred.
Crime Laboratory Analyst Tasks
Identify crime patterns and statistical trends to anticipate and prevent future crimes.
Assemble suspect and victim profiles and prepare action plans.
Compile data from police reports, law enforcement feeds, and publications to provide crime intelligence to police.