Careers In Forensics

Searching for a career in forensics has become more and more popular since the slew of television programs such as C.I.S. that have hit our TV screens, such programs rapidly achieving cult status. With the increase in similar programs, forensic jobs have not only achieved somewhat of a 'glory' status, often because of the way the job is glamorized, but the job itself has become much more fragmented as technology has improved.

Careers in forensics however, are rarely that glamorous. Forensic investigations demand high levels of skill and training, exceptional focused concentration, attention to detail and the ability to relay their findings in a clear and concise manner. You may also be required to work in some very unpleasant conditions and, depending on the field you enter, see some disturbing scenes. Science itself is rarely proven, and by its nature is cyclical. Scientists must always attempt to disprove a hypothesis, not to prove it. In this way, you can be surer that your findings are likely to have been found because they actually exist, and are not just there by chance.

As mentioned, forensic jobs are much more varied than many people think and are now split into multiple areas of expertise. For example, on top of being a forensic investigator, there is forensic engineering, forensic accountants, cyber forensics, computer forensics, forensic psychology, forensic nursing and several more. So you see, careers in forensics are likely to span many areas, and deciding which direction to take is a hard one.

Forensic training typical involves an initial degree in forensics as this will give you a base from which to make your choice. Before you get that far though, you will need to qualify for the college of your choice and this will typically require a good science and mathematical background as well as sound language skills. You should be able to get help with money for college to help alleviate the cost. Some form of relevant work experience will also be an asset, especially when you come to applying for jobs. You will find more information about various training for specific roles on this website, but it is highly likely you will need a solid grounding in the history and core techniques of forensics whatever path you decide to take.

A visit to The American Academy of Forensic Sciences website may prove useful, as will looking through forensic journals such as the Journal of Forensic Sciences. Reading current journals will give you some ideas about the range of possible careers in forensics, current issues and techniques that are at the forefront of forensics today. You may not be able to read the entire articles, but you should be able to view abstracts without having to pay. You can do this by visiting OvidSp at http://ovidsp.tx.ovid.com.

We hope you enjoy looking around this site and that it will give you an idea of the sort of careers in forensics that are possible. Remember to return here often, as you will find more articles added on a regular basis.






 

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Social media now a valuable source of evidence in criminal trials
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Malaysia Airline Flight MH17: Dutch Forensics Team Starts Its Probe - Wall Street Journal

Malaysia Airline Flight MH17: Dutch Forensics Team Starts Its Probe
Wall Street Journal
A team of international forensic experts led by Dutchman Gert Wibbelink of the Dutch National Forensic Investigations Team, or LTFO, was handed control of the investigation in Kharkiv. The LTFO has eight staff members in Ukraine, including Mr. Wibbelink.

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MH17 crash: Challenges of forensic investigation - BBC News

MH17 crash: Challenges of forensic investigation
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MH17 crash: Challenges of forensic investigation. Continue reading the main story. INTERACTIVE. Crash site near village. Debris in field. Tail piece. Satellite image of MH17 debris. ×. Satellite image of MH17 debris. Crash site near village .

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Feds Pursue Cloud Forensics Standards - InformationWeek

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Feds Pursue Cloud Forensics Standards
InformationWeek
The draft report, "NIST Cloud Computing Forensic Science Challenges," sets forth 65 challenges of cloud forensics divided into nine categories that a working group drawn from the government, private sector and academia has identified in the course of .
NIST investigates forensic challenges in the cloudFedScoop
65 challenges that cloud computing poses to forensics investigatorsHelp Net Security
Digital Crime-Fighters Face Technical Challenges with Cloud ComputingScientific Computing

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MH17: No More Than 3 Weeks To Conclude Forensics Process, 60 Cases . - malaysiandigest.com

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MH17: No More Than 3 Weeks To Conclude Forensics Process, 60 Cases .
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Four days after they began their pathology, anthropology and orthodontology forensics tests as well as matching of DNA samples, Malaysian doctors assigned to a five-layer operation line where these processes were carried out, have not received any .
MH17 victims identification hopefully done in two or three weeks, expert saysThe Malay Mail Online

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Appleton East debate, forensics budgets suffering - Appleton Post Crescent

Appleton East debate, forensics budgets suffering
Appleton Post Crescent
APPLETON EUR The fight for academic co-curriculars is raging at Appleton East High School, where supporters of the highly successful debate and forensics program say the high school administration cut their budgets and have done little to support them.

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More Bodies Possible at Ukraine Crash Site, Forensics Officials Say - New York Times

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More Bodies Possible at Ukraine Crash Site, Forensics Officials Say
New York Times
Forensics officials raised the strong possibility that the remains of many victims were still buried in the wreckage and that identification could take weeks or months to complete. At the same time, international anger swelled over the mistreatment of .
Crash Victims to Be Flown to Netherlands on WednesdayWall Street Journal
New York Times: More bodies possible at Ukraine MH17 crash site, forensics .Kyiv Post
Pressure Grows on Putin as Forensics Experts Reach Crash VictimsNDTV
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Officials: Iowa program helping with science, tech learning
An Iowa program designed to cultivate student interest in science, technology, engineering and math study areas is beginning to pay dividends as the state looks to fill high-skills jobs of the future, education and political leaders said Monday...


The Budding Science of Chatroom Forensics - Motherboard

The Budding Science of Chatroom Forensics
Motherboard
While the word EURœforensicsEUR might conjure up images of collecting hair or fingerprints from crime scenes, the scope of forensic science extends beyond the physical into almost any realm. If you need to discover the weather patterns in the past, you need .

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