Online Law & Criminal Justice Programs: Crime Scene & Forensics
Employment prospects are bright for forensic scientists. The growth rate in this occupation is expected to be 31% from 2006-2016.
Forensic science technicians investigate crimes by collecting and analyzing physical evidence such as DNA or firearms. Since they must also report their findings and provide expert opinions to investigators, it is important that they have excellent communications skills.
- Projected Job Growth: Much faster than average
- Number of Positions (2008): 13,000
- Average Length of Degree Program: 4 years
- Median Income (2008): $52,960
If you are considering career training in forensics it is vital that you study chemistry, physics, and math, either on campus or through an online college. Employers prefer bachelor's degrees plus practical experience with computers and laboratories. Fortunately, there are over thirty colleges and universities that offer bachelor's degrees in forensic science. Others provide college degrees in sub-specialty areas of forensics. As a forensic scientist, you will likely have good job security. You'll have some unpleasant duties such as working with body fluids and firearms at a crime scene, but you'll have an interesting and prosperous career.