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What jobs are available for forensic science ?

College senior looking for a job in the forensic field because I will be receiving my forensic certification and criminal justice degree. #criminaljustice #forensic

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Barbara’s Answer

Congratulations on earning your degree. Criminal Justice jobs with forensic experience actually vary quite widely in the United States depending on what area of the country you wish to work. There are civilian jobs in laboratories, crime scene response teams and in some law enforcement agencies. Criminal defense attorneys also use forensic specialists. Your forensic certification may open doors to laboratories testing for DNA, like Ancestry.com and others that have joined the criminal justice field to aid in unsolved cases, and others, like The Innocence Project, tasked with fixing errors made in past cases. I encourage you to explore a wide variety of jobs where you can apply what you find most interesting about the field and use a broad search field of terms to find those jobs. I hope I've given you some novel ideas and wish you great success. Welcome to the field!

Barbara recommends the following next steps:

Create a LinkedIn account listing your majors and interests. You can search for job announcements connected with your fields, and other jobs will find you.
Search different areas of the country. (For example, FDLE- Florida Department of Law Enforcements lists forensic jobs as well. In the Northeast, you can search for lab positions and justice agency positions by accessing the states hiring websites).
Be sure you put together a comprehensive resume, include actual professional tasks that you've completed (how many crime scenes did you process in school, how many ways can you process for fingerprints, etc.)
Don't get discouraged. This is an ever growing field and there are lots of candidates. Make yourself be a great candidate!
Thank you comment icon Barbara's recommendations are great! A Forensic Scientist must decide where (geographic location) they want to work, what industry they want to work for (public or private), and what day-to-day tasks they want to accomplish. Nick McGregor
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Melissa’s Answer

Hi! One of the newer areas of forensics that is growing exponentially, is Digital Media Forensics. I have a Masters in it. I don't know if you are interested in Digital Media (computers, cell phones, digital photos and documents, audio, video and social networks), but it is the study of collecting, analyzing and reporting on digital evidence to be used to prosecute and convict criminals. You also learn how to scientifically prove if a digital photo, video or audio has been manipulated to appear to be something that it is not. They call it deep fakes. With the amount of police officers that are required to wear cameras these days, on top of the amount of social media, cell phone and computer usage (etc.), it is becoming a major part of every day crime. And it is fun! A great program to look into (it is a hybrid program; both online and lab work in person), is the NCMF (National Center of Media Forensics) program based at the CU Denver College of Arts & Media. Check it out! Good Luck!
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