Criminalist Job Description

criminalist job description includes a detailed overview of the key requirements, duties, responsibilities, and skills for this role.

Last update : July 14, 2023

Criminalist Job Description

A criminalist, also called a forensic scientist, is a scientist, toxicologist, or other expert who examines crime scenes in order to determine the nature of a crime and the perpetrators involved.

Job Brief

We’re looking for Criminalist to join our team to help us investigate and solve crimes.

Criminalist Duties

  • Provide forensic services for multiple criminal cases, which involves lab procedures, site investigations, and gathering and interpreting evidence
  • Perform chemical analysis on samples provided by law enforcement
  • Perform all other phases of research work under the direct supervision of a supervising criminalist
  • Establish and maintain favorable working relationships with clients
  • Conduct research and study the nature of crime
  • Maintain a forensic laboratory
  • Maintain a high standard of professionalism

Criminalist Responsibilities

  • Performed all required tests and analyses, including blood alcohol, blood/urine trace, controlled substance, and hair and fiber analysis reports; prepared written reports
  • Managed and evaluated staff
  • Gathered, analyzed, and interpreted data
  • Developed and implemented process improvements
  • Oversaw staff training and development
  • Asked appropriate questions and provided effective feedback
  • Provided excellent client service

Requirements And Skills

  • Bachelor’s degree
  • Chemistry, biology, physics, forensic science or a related scientific degree program
  • Voluntary certification is available
  • Strong oral and written communication skills; critical thinking and analytical skills; organizational skills; great attention to detail; knowledge of crime scene protocol and procedures, accurately use laboratory equipment and associated computer programs; operate a digital camera to record physical evidence
  • Some state and federal positions require candidates to pass a standardized test for appointment to a criminalist position; valid driver’s license

We’re proud to say that our company is an equal opportunity employer. We’re committed to maintaining a diverse and inclusive team, and we encourage applications from people of all backgrounds. We’re especially interested in hearing from people of different races, religions, nationalities, genders and expressions, and ages. If you’re a veteran or have any other special skills or experience, we want to hear from you too!

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