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Forensics?

What are some different Jobs/branches of forensics?

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Tatiana T.’s Answer

The field of Forensic Science is a huge umbrella that broadly consists of many professions/professionals all working for a common goal. Naturally there are the criminal justice professionals, the crime lab professionals and there are also many forensic "specialists".

I often ask students questions about their passions interests and hobbies that are showing an interested in forensics but curious about what the field can offer them specifically. For example, one student had a love for sketching and artwork. So I introduced her to Forensic Artistry.

There are many "disciplines" for instance (this website does not list them all, but lists some specialities: https://www.forensicnexus.com/Disciplines

Tatiana T. recommends the following next steps:

https://www.aafs.org/careers-forensic-science/what-forensic-science
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Alexander’s Answer

Forensic Science is very broad. There are sub disciplines like Forensic Biology, Forensic chemistry, Firearm examination, Questioned document examination, Forensic photography, etc
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Stephanie’s Answer

Forensic just means pertaining to law, so you can have all sorts of different forensic disciplines. Some of the more common ones are forensic biology, drug analysis, firearms, computer forensics, forensic art, toxicology, and trace analysis (which can include fire debris, glass analysis, fiber analysis, and tool marks). If you want to get involved in forensic analysis of crime scenes, the best way to start is to think about what kind of analysis you like to do. Do you want to do pattern comparisons like firearms or latent prints? Do you like chemistry or biology? Do you prefer working on computers? Do you want to take crime scene photos or make or make sketches of suspects? There are a lot of options in the realm of forensics so start with your other interests.
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Jay’s Answer

If you are referring to forensic science, here are the most common disciplines found in a comprehensive crime lab: toxicology, drug chemistry, trace evidence, serology/DNA, latent prints, questioned documents, and firearms. “Forensic” refers to anything related to the court of law, so there are also forensic accounting, engineering, ordontology, pathology, etc.
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