Blood Spatter Analyst
A blood spatter analyst or bloodstain pattern analyst collects and performs analysis of blood evidence left behind at a crime scene. They work on the forensic science team to analyze the evidence with modern technology and proven techniques to determine what occurred.
Analysts can pursue Bloodstain Pattern Analysis Certification through the International Association of Identification. The International Association of Bloodstain Pattern Analysts (IABPA) offers opportunities to attend in-person instruction and network with other professionals through its annual conferences.
Blood Spatter Analyst Job Duties and Tasks
- Collect bloodstains and traces.
- Photograph and videotape bloodstains.
- Collect blood samples for DNA profiling.
- Exercise precautions to avoid cross-contamination of blood or trace evidence.
- Document what is found to maintain a record of the scene integrity.
- Work with forensic serology to test if the bloodstain is blood or another substance.
- Obtain training in the latest proven methodologies and techniques.
- Present evidence and analysis in court.
Analysts receive a majority of their training on the job and often start their career under the supervision of an experienced analyst. The work week can occur during normal hours but analysts must be prepared to be called to the scene of a crime at any time of the day or night. To meet the deadlines of an important case, analysts may need to work long hours to complete their work in time.
Due to the nature of the work, analysts may come into contact with hazardous body fluids and must take precautions to minimize exposure. Experienced analysts can find positions at state and federal law enforcement agencies or find work in the private sector for a defense law firm or as a consultant or trainer.