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What path do I need to take to fulfill my future career in Forensic Science?

What path do I need to take to fulfill my future career in forensic science? What Classes do you recommend I take in my high school years? what mindset should I have?

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Vihaan’s Answer

Hello. Forensic science is heavily based on biology and chemistry. You should take competitive level classes in biology and chemistry which may seem a bit excessive, but it will really help you stand out among the competition. You should take classes related to forensic science if offered in your school. Good luck.
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Jacqueline’s Answer

In high school, it's a great idea to take biology classes and delve into law enforcement studies. They'll give you a solid foundation. When you get to college, don't miss out on osteology. It's key to your learning. But also consider a course in forensic anthropology. It'll give you a broader view beyond just forensic science classes. Remember, your academic advisor is there to guide you through this journey.
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Mistie’s Answer

Hi Kennedy,

Forensic Science is a broad field with many different paths you can take. From crime scene investigations (CSI), to working in the laboratory as a forensic scientist (FS), to an expert in Bloodstain Pattern Analysis, or to conduct medical examiner investigations, you have a plethora to choose from. I would suggest to first start thinking about what area within forensics you would like to work in. Do you want to be in the field processing scenes, working on evidence in the laboratory, or something else? Some jobs require working nights and weekends, some jobs require you to be exposed to very sensitive events, while some job require you to testify. These are all concepts to keep in mind.

Reaching out to those in the field is a great way to get some insight as well. You can also speak with career services or your student advisor to help you with researching schools that offer degrees in this area. Some jobs require very specific degrees like a hard science degree to work in the laboratory (biology, chemistry, etc). As an example, I wasn't sure where I wanted to work, the field as a CSI or the laboratory as a FS, so I got a degree that would allow me to do both.

Forensics is a fascinating field. Good luck!

Dr. Mistie Measeles

Mistie recommends the following next steps:

Reach out to your student advisor or career services for assistance.
Reach out to someone in the field
Take a job assessment test.
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