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

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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Leading Cyber Security Company Grateful for Ohio's Warm Welcome
KETTERING, Ohio, June 30, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Lunarline Inc today announced that its application to receive an Ohio Job Creation Tax Credit (JCTC) has been approved. The JCTC program will help this leading cyber security company fuel its aggressive expansion in the Dayton area.  In a statement released by Lunarline's Corporate Headquarters, CEO Waylon Krush noted that Lunarline's expansion to ...

Michigan lawmakers OK $37.4B state budget, send it to governor
The Michigan Legislature on Thursday sent Gov. Rick Snyder a $37.4 billion omnibus general government budget that includes $50 million for hotly debated film incentives as well as money that would benefit Metro Detroit projects...

Tuscaloosa Police warn about Green Dot car scam
The Tuscaloosa Police Department has received between 50-80 calls about a Green Dot pre-paid card scam happening in the area fo the past six months.Sgt. Brent Blankley saysthe caller will appear to be from a utility company, government agency, or even a fundraising organization. The scammer will use scare tactics to try and get you purchase a Green Dot card to pay a bill or make a donation ...

Businesses take a broader role in shaping higher education
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Remains found in Grand River sent to Toronto forensics centre - Brampton Guardian

Remains found in Grand River sent to Toronto forensics centre
Brampton Guardian
CAMBRIDGE EUR” Skeletal remains found in the Grand River in Cambridge on Friday evening are believed to belong to a young adult female, police say. The unidentified remains have been taken to the Centre of Forensic Sciences in Toronto where an autopsy .


Feds Pursue Cloud Forensics Standards - InformationWeek

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Feds Pursue Cloud Forensics Standards
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 .
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CSI campers take a stab at forensics at Methodist - Fayetteville Observer

CSI campers take a stab at forensics at Methodist
Fayetteville Observer
Libia Korn, left, a rising sophomore at Cape Fear High School, talks with Serena Hare, camp coordinator and forensic lab assistant at Methodist University, during Methodist's CSI-MU Forensic Science Camp on Friday. CSI campers take a stab at forensics .



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