March 14, 2008, Newsletter Issue #50: Forensic Science

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A major in Forensic Science can include a variety of sub-specialty areas and/or job focus options. If you are interested in obtaining a degree in forensics, first do a thorough examination of your job possibilities. For example, you can specialize in anything from forensic engineering to polygraph examination, to criminalistics to medial examination. It should be noted that these are general major/job categories and can vary by name from program to program.

For a forensic science concentration, you should have at least a bachelors degree with relevant internship, work or volunteer experience prior to a job search. If you do decide to get your associates degree first, you will most likely obtain an entry level position as a forensic technician, but promotional opportunities will be limited in the long run.

Most people who work in the forensic sciences field have a a masters degree, and many obtain PhD's. If you are unsure what level of financial and time commitment you are willing/able to make for your education, take some time and research jobs online and see what the majority of job openings in the field require. 

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