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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MG student receives forensics award - hngnews.com

hngnews.com

MG student receives forensics award
hngnews.com
Monona Grove High School senior Alaina Handrick received a special award at the MG forensics home show May 13 when she was honored for receiving a perfect score at the state forensics competition all four years of her high school career. Handrick said .

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Windber's Adamczyk makes a strong arguement at forensics - Daily American Online

Daily American Online

Windber's Adamczyk makes a strong arguement at forensics
Daily American Online
Marissa Adamczyk has earned local and state recognition in her three years of forensic competition, giving spoken presentations on sensitive topics such as teen pregnancy, ALS and obsessive-compulsive disorder. This weekend, the 18-year-old senior is .

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How to reform forensics - Washington Post

How to reform forensics
Washington Post
My favorite story of forensics malfeasance emerged from the North Carolina state crime lab a few years ago. I wrote about it at the time: The relationships between SBI crime lab researchers and North Carolina prosecutors aren't just cozy, they're .
The FBI's Forensics DisasterReason (blog)

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In Forensics, Microbiome May Become Next Fingerprint - Discovery News

Discovery News

In Forensics, Microbiome May Become Next Fingerprint
Discovery News
A person's gut bacteria and the colony of microbes that live in the body and on the skin may serve as a unique identifier, much like a fingerprint, researchers said. The study led by Harvard University is the first to investigate just how identifiable .
In forensics, 'microbiome' may be the new 'fingerprint'The Japan Times
Criminals beware! In forensics, your poo could be your 'fingerprint'BizNews

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Computer Forensics Investigations: Body of Evidence - CSO Australia

Computer Forensics Investigations: Body of Evidence
CSO Australia
Tape and cardboard may not be high-tech wizardry, but forensics isn't only about fancy tools and technologies that aid investigators in their work. It's as much about ingenuity and creativity as technology, and requires a unique array of skill: the .

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Five Disturbing Things You Didn't Know About Forensic EURœScienceEUR - The Intercept - First Look Media

The Intercept - First Look Media

Five Disturbing Things You Didn't Know About Forensic EURœScienceEUR
The Intercept - First Look Media
Last week, The Washington Post revealed that in 268 trials dating back to 1972, 26 out of 28 examiners within the FBI Laboratory's microscopic hair comparison unit EURœoverstated forensic matches in a way that favored prosecutors in more than 95 percent .
Oakland Tribune editorial: Probe of FBI's forensics must be exhaustiveContra Costa Times
Dallas Morning News: Bad science and bogus results in hair forensics .Lima Ohio
The FBI Faked an Entire Field of Forensic ScienceSlate Magazine
Patheos (blog)
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Soldiers help identify new IED threats using forensics - United States Army (press release)

United States Army (press release)

Soldiers help identify new IED threats using forensics
United States Army (press release)
So, ERDC, in collaboration with JIEDDO, the Army Research Lab and National Ground Intelligence Center, came up with a plan to provide training and equipment to frontline Soldiers -- particularly explosives ordnance personnel -- to do the forensics.

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