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.
Identity theft doesn’t have a typical crime scene. There is no blood, and there are no fingerprints. But there are still forensic traces if an investigator knows where to look.
If you have an undergraduate degree in criminology, psychology, sociology, or history under your belt and you’re exploring your options for higher education, you might consider pursuing a master’s degree in criminal justice. While many people today are interested in careers preventing crime, thanks to the many TV dramas and surging popularity of true crime podcasts, there is still plenty of room for entrants into this fascinating field.
Everything in a Ponzi scheme is designed to take advantage of the blinding aspect of greed and divert attention away from the details. But the details are exactly where forensic investigators are trained to look.
Forensic psychology focuses on the intersection of the justice system and the understanding of the mind. While there is a large interest in careers within this arena of the psych community, some are deterred from pursuing it as a career because of what it takes to gain the required master’s degree in forensic psychology.
A forensic counselor’s decisions can drastically alter the course of someone’s life and that’s one of the reasons why rigorous academic and licensure requirements are in place for this profession.
In the wake of the Silk Road case, the need for modern forensics investigators has only grown and so has the complexity of their task. This isn’t just a fight against an increasingly adept criminal class, but also one to master the modes and methods of the bleeding edge of technology.
As degree programs become more accessible, prospective students are asking: “How can I evaluate the quality of an educational program or institution?” The answer lies within accreditation. The Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences (ACJS) is an international association dedicated to professional and scholarly activities and the leading accreditation organization for criminal justice education programs.
In the past, the mantra of many white-collar crime investigators was to follow the money, and that mantra still holds true, but in this new world of cybercrime, today’s forensic professionals understand that it’s often more important, and more effective, to follow the data.
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.