How To Become a Forensic Science Technician

Do you enjoy watching crime shows such as CSI or Snapped?  When watching these shows, do you try to solve the crime before the actors do based upon the evidence presented?  If a crime happens in your town, would you give anything to get your hands on the evidence in order to solve the case?  If so, you might want to consider a career as a Forensic Science Technician.  Forensic Science Technicians generally work for federal, state or local government agencies.

A career in Forensic Science is very rewarding.  Oftentimes, whatever conclusion the Forensic Scientist comes to is what convinces a jury of a person’s innocence or guilt.  A Forensic Scientist must be able to gather all evidence from a crime scene and thoroughly examine it.  Based on the evidence gathered, the Forensic Technician must be able to recreate the crime to find out who was involved, what happened, where it occurred, and when and why it happened.  Your communication skills must be impeccable since oftentimes you will be presenting your conclusions in court.  As a Forensic Science Technician, you must be very diligent and through in your investigation as there is no margin for error.  Your duties as a Forensic Scientist will be to test and analyze tissue, fiber, and blood samples as well as any other evidence collected from a scene.  You must also be able to properly preserve this evidence for use in court hearings.

If you want to become a Forensic Science Technician, you will need to get either a two year or four year degree.  You will need at least an associate’s degree in criminal justice or forensic science in order to obtain an entry level position as an assistant technician.  A bachelor’s degree in a field such as chemistry, biology, or physical science will get you a job as a professional forensic science technician.  If you would like to specialize in a specific area such as ballistics, you can continue your education by getting your master’s degree.  College degree problems will help you learn how to gather and preserve evidence, properly write reports, cooperate with criminal officials, how to test samples, among many other things.  Some college programs offer real hands on experience.

Most state colleges now offer programs in forensic science.  However, if your time is limited, you might want to consider getting your degree online.  A few online schools worth checking out are American InterContinental University, Kaplan University, or South University.  Of course, there are many others to choose from.

Some colleges will provide job search assistance once you have your degree.  If not, a good place to start your search is with the American Academy of Forensic Sciences website.

There will always be a need for quality Forensic Science Technicians.


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