A forensic detective or forensic scientist is both a lucrative and interesting career choice. With the popularization of forensics in TV and books, a record number of people are studying to become a forensic detective. In this guide, you will learn the best steps to becoming a forensic investigator!
Become a Forensic Investigator
Step 1 – Is it for you? Learn everything you can about the field of forensics by reading books, online magazines and pages, and talking to people such as counselors, career advisers, and if you’re lucky – somebody already working as a forensic detective. All of this research is meant to really help you decide if a career in forensic science is right for you.
Step 2 – Choose your science, go to school. Okay, you are interested in the field and ready to get started. The big decision now is which science to study in. You will need to earn at least a Bachelor’s Degree. There are a ton of options here such as chemistry, biology, physics, psychiatry, computer science, engineering, anthropology, medicine, genetics – the list goes on! Of course the good thing is if you earn your degree and decide criminal investigations aren’t for you, your education is useful in a host of other fields.
Tip: While majoring in your science, it really helps to pick up some criminology and legal classes.
Tip: Any practical work experience is a huge help later on, so do your best to intern somewhere related to your field of interest!
Step 3 – Master’s degree? Depending on your science and ultimate career ambitions, it may make sense to keep studying and earn your Master’s while your mind is in the school zone. To determine if this is the right move, basically return to step one and research your options. Talk to as many people at your college and professionals as possible. It’s pretty hard to blow this step as a Master’s can always be learned later, and having one never hurts, but it is still important to be thoughtful.
Step 4 – Find the right job! Congrats on getting this far. You’ve got your education, you know your stuff, and you are ready to apply it in either a legal or criminal investigation setting. You have many options to consider including local, state, and federal government agencies, colleges, universities, labs, insurance companies, and law firms.