CCBI is committed to maintaining a high quality and productive work environment composed of professional, well-trained and dedicated employees. Careers in forensic science are highly sought after, and the application process is very competitive. Fortunately, this allows CCBI to select the most qualified, skilled and passionate applicants for all open positions.
CCBI employs forensic professionals in the following disciplines: Chemistry, Crime Scene Investigations, Digital Evidence Examinations, DNA Analysis, DWI Blood Chemistry, Firearms Examinations, Forensic Photography, Identification Specialist and Latent Print Examinations.
Frequently Asked Employment Questions
What type of degree program should I consider to pursue a career in crime scene investigations?
Seek a bachelor's degree, at 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 may still be considered depending on the agency; 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 applicants expressing employment interest at CCBI for entry-level positions, you should seek a minimum of a bachelor's degree in a forensic related field.
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. Review the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics website and search for forensic science technicians to see locations and average pay for forensic science positions throughout the United States.
Can I do a ride-along to see what you do and gain experience?
Unfortunately, no. Due largely to the confidential nature of crime scene work and 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.
Do you have any suggestions for things to do in addition to school 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.
Do you currently have any openings?
All openings for employment are posted through the Wake County Human Resources employment page. Applicants must submit resumes for employment through Wake County Human Resources.
To view and apply for openings at CCBI, please see the Wake County employment website. CCBI does not accept or maintain resumes or applications directly.
CCBI is committed to selecting the best-suited candidate for each posted position. CCBI routinely places preference on selecting internal employees for promotion, when possible, to encourage upward advancement, career growth and increased morale within the Agency.
The following positions are the most commonly sought-after positions:
Identification Specialist (entry level position)
The Identification Specialist within our Identification Division is our entry level position for applicants lacking relevant work experience who are seeking a career in forensics and have attained a minimum of a baccalaureate degree in an applicable forensic or natural science-related field. On average, we fill four to eight Identification Specialist positions annually due to promotions and/or turnover. This position is posted for applications approximately three times a year.
The Identification Specialist receives fingerprint analysis and comparison training and gains daily work experience in the identification and comparison of known prints, making them extremely competitive in our hiring processes for Latent Print Examiners. Additionally, as CCBI employees, Identification Specialists have access to Investigations Division policy/procedure documents and are encouraged to do ride-alongs with our Crime Scene Investigators for those interested in pursuing that career field. This additionally makes Identification Specialists very competitive in our Crime Scene Investigator hiring processes.
The CCBI Crime Scene Investigator position within our Investigations Division is our most competitive and sought-after position. We employ 23 staff members within our Investigations Division, of which 15 are non-supervisory Crime Scene Investigators. On average, we fill one to three CSI positions annually and normally post these positions twice a year. The most commonly selected candidate has either a graduate-level forensic science degree, relevant crime scene investigation experience, or works within our Identification Division in the role of Identification Specialist.
Latent Print Examiner
The CCBI Laboratory employs a variety of forensic professionals in fingerprint comparison analysis, firearms examinations, drug chemistry, DNA analysis, DWI blood chemistry, forensic photography services and digital evidence examinations. Our Latent Print Unit consists of seven staff members and is our largest Unit within the Laboratory. Selected applicants for the Latent Print Examiner positions within our Latent Print Unit normally are internal candidates who have experience in the Identification Division. On average, we fill one Latent Print Examiner position annually.
The Raleigh/Wake City-County Bureau of Identification is an Equal Employment Opportunity employer.