Have you ever watched crime shows on TV and thought the technicians and cops were doing some pretty amazing stuff? Would you like to do that?
Maybe you could find the key piece of evidence that gets a violent predator off the streets. Maybe you could discover something that others missed and help get an innocent man released from prison.
Forensic science is the fancy term we use to describe those things. In forensic science you learn a lot about the biology, chemistry, human anatomy, and criminal justice topics that will prepare you to go on to finish a four-year degree in forensic science or perhaps land a job as an evidence technician.
This is a very challenging and fascinating field and the majority of the jobs are going to be found in major metropolitan areas. Some of these will be crime scene technicians who process crime scenes for the local law enforcement agencies. They make photographs, create diagrams, collect physical and biological evidence and search for fingerprints. Others will be laboratory scientists who analyze the evidence gathered by the cops and technicians. They use high tech scientific equipment to determine the nature of the evidence. The scientists will then prepare courtroom displays and travel to the courts for trials where they will testify about their analysis and findings.
Even when the economy is bad, people continue to commit crimes. As a result there will continue to be a need for top notch forensic scientists. Come study with us and see if you have what it takes!