Who they are: Individuals interested in this field may work as forensic science technicians, medical examiners, laboratory scientists, criminologists, forensic pathologists (MD), forensic nurses and forensic dentists, just to name a few possible career paths.
What they do: People in the profession may interpret lab findings to identify physical evidence, reconstruct crime scenes, prepare reports, testify as expert witnesses in trials, and analyze fluids.
Where they work: Major employers include federal, state, and local law enforcement agencies. They can also work in international organizations, public and private laboratories, hospitals, universities, law firms, or as independent consultants.
Source: American Academy of Forensic Science
Outlook: Careers in forensic science are growing much faster than the national average. In the next ten years, the number of forensic science technicians are expected to grow by 14%.
Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics
Individuals interested in forensic science must hold at least a bachelor’s degree, and even a professional degree for many careers. More information about schools with accredited forensic science programs can be found here.