Los Angeles, CA
Los Angeles Police Department

After meeting minimum qualifications, candidates will be scheduled for the following:

Examination Weights:
Multiple Choice Written Test – Qualifying (Pass/Fail)
Essay – Advisory
Training and Experience Questionnaire – 100%


$69,384.00 – $139,332.00 Annually

Final Filing Date

Open until filled


A Criminalist searches for, collects and preserves physical evidence in the investigation of crime and suspected criminals; examines evidence by means of physical and chemical analyses; prepares reports of findings; and gives expert testimony in court. At the highest pay grade, performs analyses of physical and chemical evidence of a nonroutine nature requiring advanced technology; and may serve as a head worker by providing training and supervision to criminalists working in a specialized field.

A Criminalist is subject to call at any hour and may work under unpleasant and adverse conditions, including high places, dangerous locations, and in proximity to dead bodies and biological and chemical hazards, in order to investigate crime scenes.


Graduation from an accredited four-year college or university with a major in a physical or natural science and successful completion of 8 semester or 12 quarter units in general chemistry.