Forensics

The Profession

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. Some roles in forensics may require a certain kind of education, such as nursing, medicine, or dentistry.

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.

Self-Assessment

Students interested in a career in forensics should have good problem-solving skills as well as knowledge of math, chemistry, biology, and public safety. Students should have investigative interests. Common majors include biology, chemistry, psychology, criminology, medical technology and computer science.

Exploring Options

There are many specialty areas in forensics including ballistics, DNA analysis, toxicology, arson, fingerprinting, criminal profiling etc.

Major employers include federal, state, and local law enforcement agencies.

Resources

American Academy of Forensic Sciences

Careers in Forensic Sciences 

American Society of Crime Laboratory Directors

National Center for Forensic Science