10 Tips to Help You Choose the Right Forensic Science Career

Published by admin on January 26, 2010

The field of forensic science is a wide and ever evolving one – it has to be. The Moriartys’ of this world keep coming up with ever ingenious methods of committing a crime and forensic science has to keep in step with the changing times and crimes. Here is a nice timeline [PDF] of how forensic science has evolved over thousand and more years.

Criminology techniques followed today are far advanced of what forensic scientists practiced even two decades back. A student desirous of a career in forensic science may feel overwhelmed trying to figure out what’s going to be his life’s calling – cutting up corpses or finding out whodunit.

Here are ten tips to help you choose the right forensic science career –

1. CSI: Las Vegas is quite removed from forensic science reality. If your inspiration for a course in forensic science results from television and films then a reality check is in order. Real life criminology is a little more drab and your colleagues are not guaranteed to look as attractive as Lauren Lee Smith.

2. Your major subject in your graduate degree course will almost certainly decide your specialization in your master’s course. A bachelor’s in computer science has you better placed to work in or study for forensic computer science instead of forensic psychology.

3. Know what the job entails. A forensic crime scene investigator’s job involves a fair bit of legwork plus odd working hours. Can you handle that? Or would you rather prefer peering into a microscope and studying tissue and material samples in a lab trying to deduce how the deed was done? It’s an important call to make. Check with people that are already doing this kind of work.

4. Find out about the job opportunities. The best position to be in would be if there are ample growth opportunities for the kind of forensic science work you wish to do; you get into a college of your liking and land a few scholarships as well. But life does not always work that way. Forensic computer science is a growing field but a forensic major in environmental science may perhaps lead to limited work opportunities.

5. Consider a dual degree. A degree in art with one in forensic science will increase your chances of landing a job as a forensic artist. Or, rx you can choose to major in one subject that will serve as your foundation and select forensic science as one of the minors.

6. Prior work experience, sick even if unrelated to the forensics field, matters. If you have worked as a statistician, then you can study for the job of a forensic science technician. Work experience can also include volunteer work in a hospital or the fire brigade will stand you in good stead.

7. Here is a significant point to keep in mind. An undergraduate degree in forensic science may not always be the best thing to go for, especially if you know that you will be going for a higher degree. A pure science degree in a field you wish to specialize in will stand you in better stead as it will give you a more thorough grounding of the subject matter.

8. Weigh your options in terms of the colleges you can go to. Some colleges have a general forensic science degree, others may offer specialization, and yet others may offer a course with the elements of a dual degree. You should also factor in the prospects of financial aid with respect to a particular college.

9. If you are already working in a law enforcement agency, then keep your eyes open for training and certification programs that can lead to a job in the field of forensics.

10. If you know that a career in forensic science is what you really want, then start early. Take as many math and science courses as possible in high school. Work on your writing skills and develop public speaking skills.

Bonus tip – If you have any kind of a criminal record or have been involved in DUI incidents, or drugs then you can say goodbye to a career in forensic science.

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