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Criminalist I, II, or III (Drug Chemistry)

Missouri State Highway Patrol, Springfield, Missouri


  • Criminalist I: $1,768.00 Semi-monthly
  • Criminalist II: $2,055.00 Semi-monthly
  • Criminalist III: $2,426.00 Semi-monthly

Final Filing Date: February 25, 2021

A Criminalist position exists within the Missouri State Highway Patrol's Crime Laboratory Division. The official domicile for this position is Springfield, Missouri. This position is classified as non-exempt under the Fair Labor Standards Act

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  • This is a position where the employee performs technical work in the scientific analysis of controlled substances.
  • An employee in this position participates in a formal and on-the-job training program.
  • Work is performed under immediate supervision


Criminalist I:
  • Possess a baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university in one of the natural sciences or closely related field. College coursework must include 20 hours of chemistry, including two semesters of general chemistry with laboratory, two semesters of organic chemistry, and one semester of organic chemistry laboratory. An organic chemistry laboratory that is integrated into a 4 or 5 hour organic chemistry course will satisfy the laboratory requirement. Survey or introductory coursework intended for non-chemistry majors will not satisfy the above requirements. Both overall academic record and applicable job experience will be factors for consideration; however, prior job experience will not replace the minimum academic requirement.
Criminalist II:
  • Possess the above mentioned academic requirements AND at least two years of experience as a Criminalist I - Drug Chemistry or comparable experience.
Criminalist III:
  • Possess the above mentioned academic requirements AND at least two years of experience as a Criminalist II - Drug Chemistry or comparable experience.

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Posted: February 17, 2021

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