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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State budget cuts could shut down Huntsville forensics lab, morgue - AL.com

AL.com

State budget cuts could shut down Huntsville forensics lab, morgue
AL.com
Michael Sparks, director of the Alabama Department of Forensic Sciences, talks Monday morning in Huntsville about cuts that will be made to services the DFS provides if the state Legislature fails to provide enough funding to keep it operating at its .
Budget cuts could trigger closure of Huntsville forensics labWAFF
Outside agencies may have to help if Huntsville forensics lab cl - WSFA.com .WSFA
Law enforcement plead for help in funding the Department of Forensic Scienceswhnt.com
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DNA architecture, novel forensics offer new clues - Science News

DNA architecture, novel forensics offer new clues
Science News
It's one thing to catalog each chemical unit of DNA that makes up the human genome. It's another thing entirely to understand how that genetic material is folded up inside a living cell EUR” and then decoded, manipulated and used. Achieving that .

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Budget cuts could shut down Huntsville forensics crime lab - WIAT 42

WIAT 42

Budget cuts could shut down Huntsville forensics crime lab
WIAT 42
(WIAT) EUR” The Department of Forensic Sciences is detailing its plan should budget cuts become a reality here in Alabama. Director Michael Sparks says his contingency plan is to shut down the forensics crime lab in Huntsville. The morgues in Montgomery .

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DeKalb Co. Sheriff urges legislature to solve budget crisis, issue of . - whnt.com

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DeKalb Co. Sheriff urges legislature to solve budget crisis, issue of .
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FORT PAYNE, Ala. EUR State lawmakers head back to Montgomery next week with one objective: to solve the state's budget for 2016. The new fiscal year begins October 1. Many departments will be watching the legislature closely, because they stand to suffer .
DeKalb Co. Sheriff concerned over possible closure of Huntsville forensics labWAFF

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Can We Trust Crime Forensics? - Scientific American

Can We Trust Crime Forensics?
Scientific American
The criminal justice system has a problem, and its name is forensics. This was the message I heard at the Forensic Science Research Evaluation Workshop held May 26EUR27 at the AAAS headquarters in Washington, D.C. I spoke about pseudoscience but then .

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Digital Forensics Market by Component, Sub-Segment, Tool Types, Service . - PR Newswire (press release)

Digital Forensics Market by Component, Sub-Segment, Tool Types, Service .
PR Newswire (press release)
The evolution of digital forensics can be traced back to the 1970s, when the first cases of financial frauds involving computers emerged. During this period, most of the organizations did not understand the significance of policies and procedures .

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Oxygen Forensics Appoints Lee Reiber COO for North America - PR Newswire (press release)

Oxygen Forensics Appoints Lee Reiber COO for North America
PR Newswire (press release)
Oxygen Forensics, the worldwide developer and provider of the advanced forensic data examination tools for mobile devices, announced today that Lee Reiber has been appointed Chief Operations Officer. Mr. Reiber will be responsible for running Oxygen's .

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Stroz Friedberg acquires Elysium Digital, bolsters forensics teams and expands . - InsideCounsel

InsideCounsel

Stroz Friedberg acquires Elysium Digital, bolsters forensics teams and expands .
InsideCounsel
The firm has provided services, including expert testimony, IP litigation consulting, e-discovery, digital forensics investigations, and security and privacy investigations. Elysium played a role in the key technology/legal issues of its time and .

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CPAAG supports GPD Forensics Unit with new equipment - Glendale Star

Glendale Star

CPAAG supports GPD Forensics Unit with new equipment
Glendale Star
Monies generated from that fundraiser were presented to the Glendale Police Department's Forensic Unit in the form of a new workstation for the Glendale Forensics Unit. Previously, members of the forensics unit stacked thick books one atop another to .

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