What type of degree program should I consider to pursue a career in crime scene investigations?
Seek a bachelor's degree, at a minimum, in Forensic/Natural Science or a program that minors in forensic science. The competition for crime scene positions nationwide is very competitive, and many colleges and universities have begun to offer related degree programs. Criminal justice programs and degrees are still considered; however, the emphasis on a science background better prepares applicants for the demands of the forensic work to be completed.
 
I am considering a career change and attending a two-year technical college Criminal Justice Program with a Latent Evidence Degree to pursue forensics.  Do you have any advice?
Whereas those programs provide valuable technical knowledge, to be competitive with the current applicant pools received by CCBI for entry-level positions you should seek a minimum of a bachelor's degree in a forensic related field.
 
Do you have any suggestions for things to do in addition to a secondary educational program to prepare me?
Seek out any additional training regarding forensic or crime scene work that may be available to you. Additionally, identify any forensic organizations that may provide training or memberships.
 
Can I do a ride-along to see what you actually do?
Due largely to the delicate, confidential nature of crime scene work and to the overwhelming interest in crime scene investigations, CCBI strictly limits ride-alongs to those participating in CCBI's Internship Program or certified law enforcement officers.
 
Many crime scene positions across the country require prior experience. How do I get experience?
Crime scene work is highly competitive, and there are a limited number of positions available. Those interested in such positions need to be willing to start in an entry-level position with an agency that performs crime scene work or be willing to move throughout the nation as positions are available.
 
Do you currently have any openings?
All openings for employment are posted through the Wake County Human Resources employment pageApplicants must submit all applications for employment through Wake County Human Resources.
 
Should I submit my resume to CCBI for consideration?
The online application process allows applicants to attach resumes. Any resume submissions should be done at the time of application using this process. CCBI does not maintain resumes submitted.
 
I submitted an application for employment but never heard from anyone at CCBI; why not?
Wake County Human Resources receives all applications for employment. The applications are then screened based upon the minimum position requirements. If a large number of applicants meet the minimum requirements, applications may be screened using preferred requirements to include stricter education or experience requirements. Once the applications have been screened, the selected applications are forwarded to CCBI for consideration. All applicants whose applications are received by CCBI for consideration are contacted regarding elements of the selection process and an expected time frame of the selection process.

Will my application stay on file, or should I reapply?
CCBI does not maintain applications on file for future consideration. Interested applicants are encouraged to reapply each time a desired position is posted. There is significant competition for employment with CCBI, and many staff members have applied and interviewed several times before gaining employment.
 
I have recently applied for a position that has been reposted.  I attempted to apply for the new posting, and the system will not let me submit my application; why? 
In these instances, all of the applicants submitting applications in the initial posting are still being considered unless individual applicants have received a specific disposition. Because all of the applicants are still under consideration until a disposition is reached for all of the applicants in the initial submission, none of those who initially applied are able to apply again.
 
Each pool of applicants is different, and different levels of screening may be used during separate position postings due to the number and qualifications of each pool of applicants. CCBI is committed to finding the best applicant available for each position, but also ensures that all applicants in each individual process are impartially held to the same screening qualifications. CCBI applicants who experience this situation are encouraged to wait for a future posting and reapply should they continue to be interested.
 
As a new employee, what type of compensation can I expect?
All entry-level CCBI positions are non-exempt positions whose pay range falls into a specific salary schedule determined by the County Commissioners. The Wake County Position Titles and Salary Schedule lists the minimum, midpoint and maximum pay for each position.
 
Entry-level employees receive additional compensation based on qualifications exceeding those posted as minimum qualifications of the position. For example, applicants with prior experience may receive one percent (1%) for each year of experience up to five percent (5%), four percent (4%) for any degree above the minimum requirements, and/or four percent (4%) for fluency in Spanish. Most new employees qualify to receive four to five percent (4-5%) above the minimum starting salary for each position.
 
What type of hours can I expect to work?
CCBI is required to perform services covering 24 hours a day, seven (7) days a week, and 365 days a year. As such, all Criminal Identification Unit and Investigations Division positions work rotating shifts. Shifts are primarily composed of 11.5 or 12 hours and regularly rotate from day shift to night shift. Employees' work schedules require working weekends, night shifts and holidays. CCBI does not maintain permanent shift assignments for functions requiring 24/7 coverage.