Forensic science seems to be an interesting course to take in college but the question now is what next? What happens after college? Where will you work and what career path will you take? A lot of people probably think that they will work similarly to what the actors in the TV show CSI do. Although this could be true for some forensic science degree holders but may not necessarily be true for all. There are many forensic science careers out there and graduates in this field definitely have a lot of options.
Although some graduates may end up working in a laboratory, there are many who go where the action is as a law enforcement agent or as a crime scene investigator. Because of their training in school, they are able to identify and notice things in the crime scene that could be used as evidence. Those who lack training are most likely to miss out these little details. If you are the kind of person who does not want to be cooped up in a lab and want to be in the scene of action, then perhaps this career choice is for you.
If you end up as one of those forensic scientists who end up wearing a lab coat, know that there are still different careers even for those who are lab based. Because forensics is a diverse science, you can either work in ballistics, DNA or trace evidence. In order to do these things though, you are more likely required to have a doctorate degree and an intense training in the field.
A forensic science graduate may also end up as a consultant. They are called in a court proceeding to give their professional opinion about a certain case. Of course, this would still require research and they would go to the stand to prove their hypothesis. A witness for instance could claim that a victim was killed at a certain time but a forensic scientist can refute this through the tests that he or she has previously conducted. Standing in court is one of the careers that may interest a graduate.
Some forensic scientists may not necessarily work best in a laboratory but make excellent educators as college and university professors. They work hard to train and equip future forensic scientists who would help uphold justice by aiding the court in their crime investigations.
There are forensic scientists who opt to become a disaster relief specialist. Disasters happen everywhere and with a little help from experts, they are able to identify areas that need immediate assistance as well as find the fastest solution to the problem. If there are a large number of deaths, they can identify the reason behind it and find out if it is of natural causes.
Forensic science careers are diverse. It is up to each and every graduate to determine which path to take.