careers in forensic science

Most science students aspire to become doctors or engineers but do you know there are various other interesting fields that you can opt for. Many of these lesser known fields are not only interesting but also quite lucrative. One such unusual field is the study of forensic science. Here is all you need to know about becoming a forensic scientist:

Who is a Forensic Scientist?

Forensic scientists apply science for crime investigation. They utilize theories from chemistry, physics and biology to understand and analyze the evidences obtained from the crime scenes. The information derived by them after analysing these is then used by law enforcement agencies to catch hold of the criminals. A forensic scientist plays a significant role in solving criminal cases.

How to Become a Forensic Scientist?

Those of you who intend to get into this profession should opt for a degree in B. Sc. in forensic science after completing your 12th grade. Here is a detailed look at the degree and diploma courses you can go for to study the science of forensic:

  • Bachelor of Science (Forensic Sciences)
  • Bachelor of Science (Chemistry, Life Science and Forensic Science)
  • Diploma in Forensic Science in Ballistics and Finger Prints
  • Diploma in Forensic Science in Cyber Crimes
  • Diploma in Forensic Science in Computer Forensics
  • Diploma in Criminology & Forensic Science for Police personnel

After completing your bachelor’s degree/ diploma you can opt for any of the following post graduate courses to master the subject:

  • Master of Science (Forensic Science)
  • Master of Science (Forensic Science and Criminology)
  • Post Graduate Diploma in Forensic Science and related laws
  • Post Graduate Diploma in Digital and Cyber Forensic and related law

A number of universities offer graduate, postgraduate, doctorate and diploma courses in forensic science.

Career Paths as a Forensic Scientist

A forensic scientist can seek various career paths. He can go on to become a crime scene investigator, forensic pathologist, trace evidence analyst and expert analyst in forensic specialisations. A forensic scientist’s work is not just to visit the crime scene for investigation many of them even work in the labs, academic institutions and government agencies.  These professionals are especially in demand at the law firms, hospitals, security agencies as well as private detective agencies.

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