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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.
Forensic biochemistry has various applications, including tracing the origin of a particular substance, determining paternity and relatedness, and even tracking the spread of diseases.
The field of nuclear forensics requires extensive scientific knowledge, including familiarity with various nuclear and radiation processes, as well as some degree of investigative skill. Duties might require going into the field to measure isotopes, searching for other traces, and then spending time in the lab analyzing information and comparing data to other known nuclear signatures.
Overall, finding a bachelor’s, master’s degree or certificate in a forensics or criminal justice discipline may abet one’s professional goals, in addition to being an interesting path in a service-oriented career.
Some digital forensics tools go beyond simple searches for files or images and delve into the arena of cybersecurity, requiring network analysis or cyber threat assessment. When there is a tool for everything, the most pressing question is which one to use.
Taking on debt to fund a college education used to be a direct path to social and financial advancement, but the latest studies show that student debt actually might hinder it. The good news is that help is out there for those who need it, and there are more scholarships available than ever before.
Forensic science conferences usually consist of lectures and workshops by eminent experts, a space for vendors, and networking opportunities. Such conferences can also be unique educational experiences, and in some cases, offer continuing education credits for attendance.