What is the best way to get into a forensic science type job?
I took a forensics class and decided that it might be something I'm interested in, what is the best way to determine if it is a right fit for me?
Some state crime labs have public open house - where the public and come in and see how and what the scientists do to help the criminal justice system from that perspective. Look for or ask if you can tour a crime lab or talk to someone who can explain about what goes on there and what areas of focus in school for degrees are required.
The state or county courthouse should also be a place where you can ask questions and see what careers are there for you to check out. Sometimes judges and the attorneys in the district attorney or county attorney's offices will allow students (in the criminal justice or law focused undergraduate programs) to do internships, but you have to check.
The medical examiner's office or coroner's office - may allow students to come and question the Forensic Pathologist or other people working there, such as the medical examiner investigators, forensic photographer, the morgue attendants, and even the office personnel. Each plays a roll in handling the deceased in that jurisdiction.
Forensic science plays a big role in corrections as well, with some prisons and jails having social workers, psychologists/psychiatrists who work with the inmates. These are a bit harder to get into, as usually these positions are state or county, even federal jobs. But they all require an understanding of the criminal justice system as well as their fields of study. To get to this level, usually degrees are already obtained in the field and then years of experience are required. But undergraduate interships are not unheard of and clinical course hours are necessary for degrees in this field.
I hope I was able to answer your question. Get with a guidance counselor for more information. Best of luck to you.
When I was first out of high school, this was the path I thought I wanted for myself. I was very interested in the science aspect of the job. I researched job postings within my local area and reviewed what the education and experience requirements were. Once you have an idea of which undergraduate degree, you can find a college or university that offers that program to review the course descriptions. If, by doing so, you are even more interest in learning the skills needed for this career, then you are on the right path.
Furthermore, like Liediana suggested, I would encourage you to participate in some form of job shadow/internship. This would really help you visualize what the day-to-day work would be like.
Best of Luck!
I would suggest researching your agency to see what is required, reaching out and speaking with someone in the field you are interested in, and start assessing the different types of jobs in the field of Forensics. Some agencies offer officer opportunities like ride along, internships, civilian courses, etc. I volunteered in the crime laboratory in my city, which gave me a good idea of where I wanted to work. Good luck!