The blog provides specific information to help you decide if forensic science is the right choice for you. With the inside scoop on forensic science professors, schools and training programs, as well as detailed information on the steps and requirements to become a forensics professional, the Forensic EDU blog is a fine place to begin your research.
Students may complete a bachelor's degree, but not come to develop specific career goals until they have been out in the work world gaining experience and insight. This is where a graduate certificate in forensics science and crime scene investigation can come in handy.
The massive volume of electronic data produced and stored has created new and exciting career opportunities in emerging fields like cyber security and computer forensics. Electronic Discovery (E-Discovery) is a means of combatting cybercrime, and more specifically a specialization of computer forensics that deals with collecting, producing and recovering Electronically Stored Information (ESI) as part of a lawsuit or ongoing investigation.
Due to popular TV shows such as CSI, NCIS and Dexter, the forensic science industry has gotten a lot of attention. Many curious and observant problem solvers are attracted to forensic chemistry as it involves the analysis of physical crime evidence and allows students to deal directly with the very puzzle pieces that come together to solve a case.
Forensic biologists can seek many different types of careers and occupations. The FBI alone has career positions posted on its laboratory website that include those for biologists, DNA biologists, biologist forensic examiners and biology DNA program specialists.
Anyone with a bachelor's degree in accounting who wants the opportunity to expand their job prospects and become certified in a particular field would do well to consider further education in forensic accounting. As the overall demand for accountants grows, at an expected rate of 13% over the next ten years (Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2012 ), so should the demand for the forensic specialty.
The job of an arson investigator is essential when it comes to determining the cause of any suspicious fire. Arson investigators may work for fire departments, law enforcement agencies, or even insurance companies. While most training was once done "on the job" the tides have since shifted towards more formal, academic training in investigative procedures and fire science.
Crime scene investigators have an impact out in the field, but also in the lab and even in the courtroom, providing testimony or expert opinion. The crime scene investigator (CSI) professors on our list of top 15 come from a variety of backgrounds with many, but not all, having extensive service in law enforcement or for a police agency.
Cybersecurity may seem like a sophisticated concept, and indeed takes on many forms. This can include strategies for protecting identities and private information on the web as well as making the transference of information more secure on e-commerce sites. Our list of Top 15 Cybersecurity Professors includes those teaching and researching in the field or doing both.
Barry is Managing Editor of ForensicsColleges.com, operated by educational web publisher Sechel Ventures Partners LLC, which he co-founded. Barry was previously VP for a financial software company, and currently sits on the board of a K-8 school and lives with his wife and daughters in the San Francisco Bay Area.