Journal Published Online: 01 January 1999
Volume 44, Issue 1

What Educational Background Do Crime Laboratory Directors Require from Applicants?



A summary of the results from a recent survey where crime lab directors listed their educational requirements from applicants for the positions of drug chemist, trace/impression evidence examiner, serologist/DNA analyst, and firearms/document examiner/fingerprint examiner is presented and discussed. Crime lab directors generally expect applicants to have “hard” science degrees with a preference for the B.S. in chemistry, followed by biology and forensic science degrees with significant chemistry components. Over 90% of the directors responding do not require an internship.

Author Information

Furton, KG
Florida International University, Miami, FL, USA
Hsu, Y-L
Florida International University, Miami, FL, USA
Cole, MD
Forensic Science Unit, University of Strathclyde, Glasgow, Scotland, UK
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ISSN: 0022-1198
DOI: 10.1520/JFS14424J