The Profession

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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


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.

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