What do I need in order to be a forensic psychologist, and how challenging is this job ?
I am in high school going to 10th grade in September , I enjoy Law but also helping and understanding people. So that’s where I thought forensic psychology would be a good fit, but I’m not sure on the process and what it’s actually like . #forensic #psychology #criminal-justice #law
Before college, here's a tip. Enlist with the US Army or Marine Corps as a Military Police officer. You can sign up at 17 (with parental consent) and begin your law enforcement career while finishing high school. From your 18th birthday to 21, you could complete a 2, 3, or 4 year tour as a Military Police officer, gaining Veteran's Status and essential experience on the job, while other kids your age are struggling with college and retail (Starbucks or McDonald's) jobs.
While on active duty, you could complete a degree ON-LINE with any of several colleges, such as the University of Maryland, Global Campus, and graduate in 3 years with a BA/BS. (Most colleges and Universities give you college credit for attending military training.) The military will PAY for your college. You could study Psychology and gain experience with crime scenes, investigations, interview techniques and more.
By the time you reach 21, you would have 3-4 years of real world law enforcement experience, a world-class university degree, and be ready (and competitive) for hire at any police agency you wish to attend. You may wish to go on for a Graduate Degree (Master's) in Forensic psychology.
Long term- stay in the Reserves or National Guard for 20 years, concurrent with your future psychologist job, and you'll qualify for a military pension and other benefits. You'll also have Veteran's Preference for every job or promotion you apply for (for life), and GI Bill benefits when you're ready to buy a home.