How much experience do you have to have to be a forensic scientist?
I need to know so I'll be prepared for this job when I'm older. I love the idea of solving the crimes, gathering DNA, and finding criminals whom committed the crime.
Hi Kristen - It's great that you want to be a forensic scientist! I originally began my biology degree with the intention of going into forensics, but I decided I liked working outdoors better and am now an ecologist. Even though I'm not working in forensics, I can tell you that most science jobs require a fair amount of hands-on experience for even entry level jobs, so it's a good idea to look for internships or volunteer opportunities so you can start learning the skills you need as soon as possible. This experience will also help you learn the realities of the job and help you decide if it's the right career for you, or even what branch of forensic science in which you want to specialize.
It looks like most jobs would require you to have a bachelor's of science degree; some schools offer a BS degree in forensics, but if your school doesn't, you can go for something like biology, chemistry, microbiology, or a related field.
Here are a few resources where you can read more: http://www.criminaljusticeusa.com/forensic-science/