4 Jobs in Forensics You Didn’t Know Existed

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ForensicsAn article by contributor Brooke Chaplan.

Forensics can be an exciting career field that provide you with a chance to make a real difference in your community. You’ll be aiding in solving crimes and help law enforcement find criminals who have the capability to commit future crimes. Not all specialists in forensics work within the lab. There are many different jobs in this field you probably didn’t even know existed and all can be obtained with the right degree.

Forensic Psychologists

Forensic psychology typically takes you as far away from the lab as you can get. This career deals with the behavioral aspects of the criminal in question. You’ll use science and professional psychology to answer questions related to a crime. A masters in social work can be one possible path toward becoming a forensic psychologist, and a good stepping stone to other criminology sciences. This is probably one of the more common career paths, but you’ll find a varied mix of personalities working in this field from priests to former detectives.

Digital Forensics

Every email sent and every text that goes out has some sort of digital footprint you can track and use to help solve cries. You’ll be analyzing digital documents in an attempt to discover clues and other crucial information that can help law enforcement officials get on the right track. But, these specialists do much more than track the origination of emails. They also use instruments, tests, and measuring devices to help solve crimes and assist in forensic examinations.

Biological Technicians

In this area of forensics, you’re likely going to find yourself measuring substances in blood, food, and drugs. These professionals also set up and maintain laboratory instruments that are vital to getting the job done. They are able to monitor experiments, track observations, and take detailed records of the information they discover. Biological technicians tend to work on the most serious homicides and severe cases.

Environmental Scientists

You might not know it, but those forensic skills can help protect our planet. You’ll be able to discover sources of pollution, and find ways to come up with solutions to our environmental problems. As the world continue to become more developed and more populated, it’s more crucial than ever for environmental scientists to have a background in forensics. You’ll be able to make positive contributions by helping to reduce chemical spills, and hold the right people responsible for destroying ecosystems and environments.

There are dozens of sub-groups out there for the forensic scientist. With the right degree, you can obtain an exciting job that will grow with you. Becoming a specialist in different types of forensics opens the door to a world of opportunities and jobs.

Brooke Chaplan is a freelance writer and blogger. She lives and works out of her home in Los Lunas, New Mexico. She loves the outdoors and spends most her time hiking, biking and gardening. For more information contact Brooke via Twitter@BrookeChaplan.

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