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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High schoolers test forensic skills at criminal justice competition
Eighteen of the areas future law enforcement officials put their skills to the test Friday in Grayson Colleges 14th annual high school criminal justice competition...

It was true 'glove': Bloody affair spurs modern forensics - New York Daily News

New York Daily News

It was true 'glove': Bloody affair spurs modern forensics
New York Daily News
If Emily Beilby Kaye has a legacy, it is this: Rubber gloves. Thanks to her, investigators started wearing them regularly while handling evidence at crime scenes. Bernard Spilsbury, the British celebrity pathologist, came up with the idea as he moved .


Wisdom of cuts at Virginia's state forensics lab under microscope -

Wisdom of cuts at Virginia's state forensics lab under microscope
Nevertheless, the key day-to-day role of the forensics lab cannot be understated. And the recent announcement that the Virginia Department of Forensic Science will suffer budget cuts that will curtail certain of its operations is being questioned by .


DHS forensics team wins third in Florence - Central Kentucky News

San Antonio Express-News

DHS forensics team wins third in Florence
Central Kentucky News
Danville High School's forensics team took second place in speech and third overall at the Boone County Before the Blizzard Blowout held Dec. 6 in Florence. Fourteen DHS entries advanced to the awards rounds with seniors Tanisha Bruce, Sue Cook and .
Franklin County coroner seeking re-electionHerald-Mail Media
More forensic audits sought to examine former health department improprietiesKankakee Daily Journal

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The saga of Shawn Parcells, the uncredited forensics 'expert' in the Michael . - Washington Post

Daily Mail

The saga of Shawn Parcells, the uncredited forensics 'expert' in the Michael .
Washington Post
He's a fairly famous forensic pathologist, generally well-regarded and board certified. But in my own reporting on the ongoing controversy involving Mississippi medical examiner Steven Hayne, I've found Baden to be disturbingly tolerant of the bad .
Michael Brown case's forensic expert Shawn Parcells called a 'fraud'Daily Mail

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U. science day gives high school students hands-on experience
High school students got some hands-on experience with science Saturday at the University of Utah...

PT&C Forensics Announces Acquisition of LWG Consulting - 10TV

PT&C Forensics Announces Acquisition of LWG Consulting
ATLANTA--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Dec 9, 2014--PT&C Forensics, Inc. (DBA PT&C Forensic Consulting Services, P.A.), a leading provider of forensic engineering services to the insurance claims industry, today announced that it has acquired global forensic .

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