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Best entry level position for a career in forensic biology?

Currently a junior working on a bachelors in forensic biology at CSU Sacramento. I am a veteran that is trying to get a career in forensics. #forensic #forensics #biology #criminal-justice #science

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Joshua’s Answer

Hi Steven - Thank you for your service. This is a great field that has many opportunities. Starting out as a lab technician at a variety of government or private institutions is one of the more traditional ways. This will allow you to gain a lot of good bench experience and learn the methods and practices that are done that may not have been covered in your Bachelor's program. Even being a technician that may not be related directly to Forensic Biology will give you many skills and experience to apply for when you do find your ideal place. Good luck on your career!
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Rich’s Answer

Great answers provided by others. Google ‘entry-level Forensic Science jobs’ to see a nice assortment to consider. When interviewing, ask lots of questions about others that have had similar pursuits and how they were mentored to further their careers. I find ‘jobs’ are in part about the responsibilities, but also about the people that enjoy inspiring the next gen in their field. Good luck in your next steps and most importantly, have fun doing what you love. Excellence always follows.
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Estelle’s Answer

Great choice of study. I have a good friend who is a forensic investigator for a police department in a large city. I would reach out to coroners offices and see who is hiring. The investigator was a good job because its not all lab work and its a chance to get out with people and help solve some very difficult situations, or help the police investigators do their job and put the correct person behind bars.
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Jenna’s Answer

Hi Steven,
Look for lab positions in hospitals and medical device companies. They often have entry level lab technician positions. Starting out in a basic medical lab will get your foot in the door. Also, get on LinkedIn and start researching lab technicians in your area to see what type of places and companies are near you. Then seek out these companies and connect with other technicians. Good luck and thanks for your service!
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Husseina’s Answer

Hi Steven,
What a great career! By my understanding, many new technicians start out as “bench scientists,” spending all their time in the lab analyzing evidence samples. Another possibilities is to be an apprentice under veteran investigator under supervision of lab directors. I agreed with Joshua comment, starting out with lab technician either with states or federal government would definitely be a plus !
Wishing you all the best!

Husseina Abba
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