Forensics Degrees

Careers in Forensics

What is a Forensics Degree?

If you've ever watched the show CSI on television, you've seen how the forensics teams are able to solve the case using small pieces of evidence to track the criminal. Get a degree in forensics. You will learn how to become a forensic science technician. After earning your degree, you may be working with crime scene evidence before you know it!

As a forensic investigator, you will use your specialized knowledge as it applies to the law. Your two main duties are:

  • Analyzing evidence
  • Acting as an expert witness in legal proceedings

Analyzing evidence as a forensic scientist consists of many of the tasks that you may see on television: determining the time of death, discovering the cause of an accident, or locating the gun that fired a fatal bullet.

Perhaps you don't want to deal with crime scenes; there are many other forensic science careers that will interest you:

  • Computer forensic investigator
  • Forensic accountant
  • Forensic anthropologist
  • Forensic engineer
  • Forensic psychologist

How can I get a Forensics Degree?

To be a good forensic specialist, you must practice precise attention to detail, be able to communicate your findings with your coworkers or a jury, and have strong problem solving skills. Many forensic specialties require specific knowledge. To do well in your area of forensic specialty, try choosing one that matches your interests and educational background. While earning your degree in forensics you will take many courses in chemistry and biology in order to prepare you for a career in investigating.

The job environment for forensic specialists varies. As a forensic specialist, you can possibly work in a laboratory or an office of a police department, government agency, law firm, or consulting firm. The Bureau of Labor Services (BLS) predicts that Forensics will grow far above average to 31% by 2016. BLS reports that forensic science salaries range from around $48,000 annually for new crime scene technicians and the top performers in the field earn upwards of $85,000 per year.

Apply now to earn your forensics degree, and learn how to become a criminal investigator.

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