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How would I apply to become a forensic analyst after I got my degree?

I'm curious as to how I would become a forensic analyst after i got my degree.
What I mean is that I'm confused as to where I would go to apply and how I would learn how to do my job. I'm also curious as to whether I'd need to travel long distances to investigate crime scenes.

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Jordan’s Answer

This all really depends on the organization you end up with. If you end up working for a local municipality, you might not travel very far for on-scene assistance. If you're one of many personnel in a highly populated region, your duties would be more specific to particular districts of a smaller geographical area. On the flip side, some more remote municipalities may have jurisdiction over larger physical areas, and you might be the only person in your position. Imagine the difference between working for a large city, where you'd have plenty of peers and would be assigned to a handful of neighborhoods, and working for a remote county, where you could be responsible for an entire half of a state and have nobody to assist in your tasks. It really just pays to do some digging around the organizations you apply to. You'll have a good chance to find this out in the pre-hire interview.

For on-the-job learning that isn't covered by your degree, you'll need to apply for positions with "Entry level" qualifiers, plus ones that offer training opportunities as part of your duties. These are also things that can be brought up in the pre-hire interview.

In terms of actually finding and applying to jobs, I'd recommend a few things. Go to career fairs that feature STEM or laboratory-type work. Look around organization websites for "Careers", "Jobs", "Hiring", or "HR" information. Use your instructors for guidance in finding list-servs or other groups where job openings will typically be circulated. See if there are any professional organizations for your particular field, and network through them. Don't be afraid to explore internship opportunities if they make sense for you financially, and pay special attention to those that typically lead to direct hire at the end. Leverage LinkedIn and other social media/job posting sites to best match you with what you're trying to do. Most importantly, when given the chance, ALWAYS ask questions. Good luck.

Thank you for this information! It was VERY helpful to me. Danielle S.

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Nantia’s Answer

I would say look for an internship in the forensic analyst sphere to get more experience or even a volunteer position as well, yes sure the education component is very good but learning but I believe that you learn by experiences that are given to you at your job.