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Crime Laboratory Careers

The Laboratory offers a variety of scientific positions and careers at all three laboratory locations. If you are interested in working at the North Carolina State Crime Laboratory, please explore the different career options below to see what is available. For a current list of available positions, please visit the Job Opportunities page of the North Carolina Office of State Human Resources website.

Evidence Technicians

Responsible for intake of evidence from agencies all across NC and coordinate evidence transfers between regional
crime laboratories located in Raleigh, Greensboro, and Hendersonville.

Meet an Evidence Technician.

Minimum Education and Experience Requirements

High school or General Educational Development diploma and three years of experience in law enforcement support activities including evidence handling protocols or an equivalent combination of training and experience.

 


Digital Evidence Scientists

Receive and analyze computers, mobile devices, and audio/visual equipment and recordings for the presence of digital evidence.

Meet a Digital Evidence Scientist.

Education Requirements

BA, BS, or advanced degree in the following fields:
* Computer Science
* Digital Forensics
* Networking
* Information Technology
* Criminal Justice
* Cyber Technology

Degrees/backgrounds that may also be acceptable:
* Multi-Media Studies
* Forensic Science or a Natural Science Degree with Computer Science or IT Coursework
* Criminal Justice with similar employment experience


DNA Database Scientists

Use DNA profiles generated from biological evidence to search against convicted offender and arrestee DNA samples within the Combined DNA Index System (CODIS).

Meet a DNA Database Scientist.

Education Requirements

BA, BS, or advanced degree in the following fields:
* Biology
* Microbiology
* Molecular Biology
* Biochemistry
* Genetics
* Animal Science
* Zoology
* A Master’s in Forensic Science with Biology/DNA Coursework may also be acceptable


Drug Chemistry Scientists

Responsible for conducting chemical analysis of materials suspected to contain controlled substances which are seized as part of an investigation.

Meet a Drug Chemist.

Education Requirements

BA, BS, or advanced degree in the following fields:
* Chemistry
* Biochemistry
* Pharmacology
* Toxicology
* Pharmaceutical Science (Chemistry Concentration)
* A Master’s in Forensic Science with undergrad in Chemistry may also be acceptable

 


Firearms Scientists

Examine and compare fired bullets and cartridge cases collected from a crime scene to determine if they were fired from a specific firearm.

Meet a Firearms Scientist.

Education Requirements

BA, BS, or advanced degree in the following fields:
* Biology
* Chemistry
* Forensic Science
* Physical Science (Physics)
* Mechanical Engineering

 

 


Forensic Biology Scientists

Identify and analyze blood and other bodily fluids in order to develop DNA profiles. These profiles are compared to samples taken from victims and other subjects involved in an investigation.

Meet a Forensic Biologist.

Education Requirements

BA, BS, or advanced degree in the following fields:
* Biology
* Microbiology
* Molecular Biology
* Biochemistry
* Genetics
* Animal Science
* Zoology
* A Master’s in Forensic Science with Biology/DNA Coursework may also be acceptable


Latent Evidence Scientists

Develop, compare, and identify latent fingerprint, palmprint, and footprint impressions. Also examine and compare questioned footwear and tire tread impression evidence.

Meet a Latent Evidence Scientist.

Education Requirements

BA, BS, or advanced degree in the following fields:
* Biology
* Chemistry
* Biochemistry
* Forensic Science
* Physical Science (Physics)


Toxicology Scientists

Analyze biological samples, such as blood and urine, for the presence or absence of alcohol, illicit drugs, and other impairing substances.

 

Meet a Toxicologist.

Education Requirements

BA, BS, or advanced degree in the following fields:
* Chemistry
* Biochemistry
* Pharmacology
* Toxicology
* Pharmaceutical Science (Chemistry Concentration)
* A Master’s in Forensic Science with undergrad in Chemistry may also be acceptable


Trace Evidence Scientists

Trace evidence is the general term used to describe small pieces of evidence left at a crime scene. Trace scientists specialize in the analysis of hair, fiber, tape, paint, glass, fire debris, gunshot residue, filament, and physical match evidence.

Meet a Trace Evidence Scientist.

Education Requirements

BA, BS, or advanced degree in the following fields:
* Chemistry
* Textile Chemistry
* Physical Science (Physics)
* Biochemistry
* Forensic Science (Chemistry Concentration)