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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WKU forensics team hosts tournament - Bowling Green Daily News

WKU forensics team hosts tournament
Bowling Green Daily News
The Western Kentucky University forensics team kicked off its competitive season recently by hosting the Forensics Fiesta on WKU's campus. The event offered competition in debate and individual events over three days among 18 schools, including the .

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An exciting season ahead for TCU Forensics - TCU 360

TCU 360

An exciting season ahead for TCU Forensics
TCU 360
The TCU forensics team is preparing to win more debates than ever before this season. By making valid points, using poignant hand gestures and their knowledge of current events, members of the forensics team state their case by debating. The .

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ASU Forensics Research Yields New Word, New Way To Investigate Murders - WBHM


ASU Forensics Research Yields New Word, New Way To Investigate Murders
But what happens to this individualized community of life after we die? Some Alabama State University forensics researchers are looking at patterns, which could -- among other things -- help investigators solve murder cases. WBHM's education reporter .


Search, investigation continues following discovery of bones on Red River sandbar
The Caddo Parish Sheriff's Office and the Caddo Coroner's Office are still searching in the area where bones were found on a sandbar in the Red River over the weekend. ..

Students get head start on forensics careers - State Journal

Students get head start on forensics careers
State Journal
While most kids their age were off enjoying the last few days of their summer breaks, Christie Cyktor was working in a state-of-the-art forensics lab on the West Virginia University campus, researching the potential for tracing a suspect's movements .


The Florida Center for Cybersecurity at USF
The Florida Center for Cybersecurity, FC2, will be located at the University of South Florida's Tampa campus and will create an information hub for Cybersecurity education, research and innovation...


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