What Can You Do with a Forensic Science Degree?

Radek, what jobs can you get with a Forensic Science Degree? I’m wondering, what can I do with a Forensic Science Degree?

Wherever science meets law, you will find forensic science. However, the competition for these jobs can be extremely tough. Many forensic science jobs require a master’s degree, or a bachelor’s degree plus several years experience. A candidate fresh out of undergraduate school may have to find work assisting or apprenticing in order to gain the necessary experience for career advancement.

Those with the skills and the work ethic can end up employed by police departments, sheriff’s offices, district attorney’s offices, state agencies, federal agencies (e.g., DEA, ATF, FBI, CIA), the military, academic institutions, medical examiner’s offices, or as “criminal justice experts” with private companies. They might work in labs, out in the field, or both. Many forensic science professionals are expected to travel frequently.

Note: Several forensics jobs will require other degrees, e.g., medical examiners need medical degrees, and forensic engineers need engineering degrees.

Careers you can get with a degree in forensic science include:

  • Assistance Drug Chemist
  • Computer Forensics Analyst
  • Crime Scene Investigator
  • Criminalist
  • Criminalistics Manager
  • DNA Analyst
  • DNA Technician
  • Field Technician
  • Fingerprint Service Technician
  • Firearms Examiner
  • Forensic Artist
  • Forensic Investigator
  • Forensic Photographer
  • Forensic Science Technician
  • Forensic Scientist
  • Forensics Laboratory Director
  • Latent Fingerprint Examiner
  • Law Enforcement Officer
  • Wildlife Forensic Scientist

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