Forensics is not just one field of study but encompasses several different disciplines. You first decision is to determine which area most interests you.
If you would like to work in a crime lab doing analysis of DNA or drug testing, you need a bachelor's degree in chemistry, biology or closely related field.
If your interest is in crime scene investigation, a bachelor's degree in law enforcement is required.
A general science degree is acceptable if you want to test firearms or examine documents.
Another field for people interested in forensics is career as a forensic nurse. The website to check on the duties and responsibilities of a forensic nurse is http://www.amrn.com/
Whether you choose science or law enforcement as your career path to forensic you need to analytical and organized. Forensics require the ability to work hands-on with physical materials such as wood, plant and tools and to communicate effectively in writing so others will understand your conclusions. Sound judgment, good work ethic and an interest in the application of science to criminal and civil law are requirements.
The opportunities for employment include work with crime scene units of various police departments, private and public crime labs, private investigators and federal law enforcement agencies such as the FBI and homeland security.
To see more job opportunities, go to http://www.aafs.org. Check out the employment section. The accreditation standards can be seen at: http://www.aafs.org/pdf/FEPAC-Standards-Aug2004.pdf
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