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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Police budget cuts: unpaid volunteers now used in key roles
Forces are taking on helpers for forensics and at crime scenes as cuts bite, says union Police forces are quietly taking on unpaid volunteers as scene of crime investigators, forensic experts and emergency planning officers as 20% budget cuts bite , it can be revealed. Forces across the country have been taking on volunteers to fill some of the most sensitive police staff roles and some are ...

Sullivan School Forensics Students Get Tactical Lesson -

Sullivan School Forensics Students Get Tactical Lesson
But the hooded stranger holding a plastic gun was Police Lt. David Sacco, participating in mock hostage taking for Holmes' after-school forensic science class Monday afternoon. After Sacco was apprehended by city police officer and Berkshire County .


Op-ed: Transitioning at Work Without Making History
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Software Forensics: Objectively Proving Infringement or Misappropriation -

Software Forensics: Objectively Proving Infringement or Misappropriation
The word EURœforensicEUR comes from the Latin word EURœforensisEUR meaning EURœof or before the forum.EUR In ancient Rome, an accused criminal and the accusing victim would present their cases before a group in a public forum. In this very general sense it wasn't .


Minnesota detectives crack the case with digital forensics - Minneapolis Star Tribune

Minneapolis Star Tribune

Minnesota detectives crack the case with digital forensics
Minneapolis Star Tribune
Digital forensics EUR” the examination of cellphones, tablets and personal electronics in criminal investigations EUR” are dramatically changing the way cases are worked and solved. While technology has created new portals for predators searching for .


PSP veteran selected to head forensics lab - WFMZ Allentown

PSP veteran selected to head forensics lab
WFMZ Allentown
The District Attorney's office says Paul Iannace, 47, of Emmaus, has been named commanding officer and lab manager of the David M. Petzold Digital. Forensics Laboratory of Lehigh County, which is located on the campus of DeSales University in Center .

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Extremist saves Sweden Democrats' EU group
The EU group that bound several Eurosceptic parties including the Sweden Democrats has been saved by an MEP from a far-right Polish group, just a week after it appeared to have crumbled, according to a UK press report...

Forensics 101: High Schoolers Get an In-Depth Look - The Charlottesville Newsplex

Forensics 101: High Schoolers Get an In-Depth Look
The Charlottesville Newsplex
"What we try to introduce from my perspective, not being a forensic scientist I try to tell them if someone comes up on a scene you're really looking to determine what's present, how many bones are present, where were the bones found , what's the soil .

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