Forensic Science Information

Forensic Science Interdisciplinary Minor

Dr. Midori Albert’s website

Quick Facts

  • TV shows such as CSI make forensic science look fast paced and exciting. In real life however, it is more likely to be methodical, utilizing detailed scientific/technical skills and increasingly sophisticated tools.
  • Most universities don’t have a bachelor’s degree in forensic science because the job outlook can be limited for someone without graduate training. You may be benefit from choosing a more marketable major and getting a forensic science minor.
  • Your major should reflect the forensic discipline you want to work in. For example, drug analysts should have a degree heavy in chemistry while DNA analysts should have an emphasis on molecular biology
  • If you have a criminal record, you have virtually no chance of getting a job as a forensic scientist. 
  • Forensic Science is a very small occupation. In the United States, there are about 4,000 crime laboratories, administered by the federal, state, or local governments or private industry. Most crime laboratories employ scientists in the areas of forensic chemistry (drugs, toxicology, trace evidence, explosives, fires, etc.) forensic biology (mainly DNA and body fluids and tissues), and criminalistics (fingerprints, questioned documents, firearms, and toolmarks).
  • Most Forensic Scientists work in larger cities or organizations and some can have irregular hours.
  • The American Academy of Forensic Science, the largest forensic science organization in the world, is composed of over 5,000 scientists organized into ten sections: Criminalistics, Engineering Sciences, General, Jurisprudence, Odontology, Pathology/Biology, Physical Anthropology, Psychiatry & Behavioral Science, Questioned Documents, and Toxicology.

Job Listings

American Academy of Forensic Sciences (AAFS)

American Association of Physical Anthropologists

American Board of Forensic Document Examiners

American College of Forensic Examiners

American Society of Crime Laboratory Directors

Association of Firearms and Toolmark Examiners

International Association for Identification

International Association of Forensic Nurses

Mid-Atlantic Association of Forensic Scientists

Midwestern Association of Forensic Scientists

National Association of Medical Examiners

Northwest Association of Forensic Scientists

Southeastern Association of Forensic Document Examiners

Southern Association of Forensic Scientists

Southwestern Association of Forensic Scientists

Internship Program – NC State Bureau of Investigation

Volunteer Opportunities – NC Office of State Archeology

Job Opportunities and Job Descriptions

Crime Scene Investigator Job Description

Career Planning Resources

ASCLS Careers In Forensic Science

Dr. Midori Albert’s Website

Careers in Forensic Science

Forensic Science Technicians

Forensic Technician - Career and Education Info

Carpenter’s Forensic Science Resources

Education and Training in Forensic Science

FBI Laboratories

Forensic Toxicology Laboratories

Locating Forensic Science Experts

Kruglick's Forensic Resource and Criminal Law Page

Reddy’s Forensic Websites

Zeno’s Forensic Websites

Forensic Science Career Center

Professional Associations

American Board of Criminalistics

American Board of Forensic Anthropology

American Board of Forensic Psychology

American Board of Forensic Toxicology

American College of Forensic Examiners

American Society of Crime Lab Directors

American Society of Forensic Odontology

American Society of Questioned Document Examiners

Association for Crime Scene Reconstruction

Association of Analytical Communities International

American Academy of Forensic Sciences

American Association of Physical Anthropologists

Association of Firearms and Toolmark Examiners

Association of Forensic DNA Analysts and Administrators

California Association of Criminalistic

Evidence Photographers International Council

Forensic Toxicologist Certification Board

International Association for Identification

International Association of Bloodstain Pattern Analysts

International Association of Forensic Nurses

International Association of Forensic Toxicologists

International Homicide Investigators Association

Midwestern Association of Forensic Scientists

New Jersey Association of Forensic Scientists

Northeastern Association of Forensic Scientists  

Northwest Association of Forensic Scientists

Society of Forensic Toxicologists

Southeastern Association of Forensic Document Examiners

Southeastern Association of Toxicologists

Southern Association of Forensic Scientists

Southwestern Association of Forensic Document Examiners

Southwestern Association of Forensic Scientists

 


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