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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WKU forensics team wins NFA national speech & debate title - WKU News

WKU News

WKU forensics team wins NFA national speech & debate title
WKU News
The WKU forensics team won both the National Forensic Association National Tournament championship and the National Forensic Association Lincoln-Douglas Debate National championship, hosted this year by Ohio University in Athens, Ohio, over the .

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Students learn important secrets behind cyber forensics - Indianapolis Business Journal

Students learn important secrets behind cyber forensics
Indianapolis Business Journal
About 60 current Ball State students are digital forensics minors, according to criminal justice and criminology department chairman Greg Morrison. Required courses include criminology, policing, criminal evidence, criminal law, computer science .

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Forensics Team member to compete at Interstate Oratorical Contest - NNU News

NNU News

Forensics Team member to compete at Interstate Oratorical Contest
NNU News
Kelsey Koberg, a Pi Kappa Delta All-American, Triple Octa-Finalist and 9th National Top Speaker in Varsity IPDA Debate, will be heading off to Georgia on April 23 to represent NNU and the state of Idaho with her persuasive speech at the Interstate .

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The Bizarre and Grisly World of Forensics Training - Wired

Wired

The Bizarre and Grisly World of Forensics Training
Wired
Hofman documents the exacting and surreal world of forensics training in his latest series. The Dutch photographer always has been interested in criminal investigations. EURœFinding the truth in forensic science is a fascination I've had since I was a .

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Forensic science: The soil sleuth - Nature.com

Nature.com

Forensic science: The soil sleuth
Nature.com
EURœLorna has been instrumental in promoting the new renaissance in forensic geoscience throughout the world,EUR says Marianne Stam, who recently retired from the Riverside Crime Laboratory of the California Department of Justice. But Dawson says that there .
Geology, genetics, and forensic science come together for criminal justiceGenetic Literacy Project
How a Forensic Scientist Uses Dirt to Solve MurdersGizmodo

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The FBI Faked an Entire Field of Forensic Science - Slate Magazine

Slate Magazine

The FBI Faked an Entire Field of Forensic Science
Slate Magazine
This study was launched after the Post reported that flawed forensic hair matches might have led to possibly hundreds of wrongful convictions for rape, murder, and other violent crimes, dating back at least to the 1970s. In 90 percent of the cases .
FBI's bogus forensicsPatheos (blog)
Defense Lawyers Group Leads Call for Change After Scathing FBI ReportAssociations Now
FBI Admits Pseudoscientific Hair Analysis Used in Hundreds of CasesSmithsonian
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A brief history of forensics - Washington Post

Washington Post

A brief history of forensics
Washington Post
My Washington Post colleague Spencer Hsu continues his great reporting on the continuing crisis in the world of forensic science. Over the weekend, Hsu broke the story that Justice Department officials now concede that EURœan elite FBI forensic unit gave .

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Students explore digital forensics at MU - Huntington Herald Dispatch

Huntington Herald Dispatch

Students explore digital forensics at MU
Huntington Herald Dispatch
HUNTINGTON EUR” West Virginia high school students and forensic professionals were brought together by the Marshall University Forensic Science Center on Tuesday during the second day of the sixth annual Appalachian Institute of Digital Evidence .
Sixth annual Appalachian Institute of Digital Evidence Conference hosted by .HNN Huntingtonnews.net
Marshall invites students to conference on digital evidenceMarietta Times

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Wauwatosa East's forensics team takes home state championship - Wauwatosa Now

Wauwatosa Now

Wauwatosa East's forensics team takes home state championship
Wauwatosa Now
Balcerak, an English teacher at Wauwatosa East High School, coached the school's forensics team to a Division II state championship April 11 at the Wisconsin Forensic Coaches Association State Tournament held at Ripon College. It's the first time in .

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