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How Can I Start a Career in Forensic Science?

Written by Nicole Krempasky on Monday, 21 September 2020. Posted in Career

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To start a career in forensic science, you’ll need more than curiosity and a passion for mysteries. Forensic scientists play a vital role in both criminal and civil investigations, and you’ll need special skills and training to ensure you have the scientific qualifications for such a big responsibility. At Ashworth College, you can kick start that journey and get on the path towards your career with our Forensic Science Career Diploma program.

What does a forensic scientist do?

Also called criminalists, forensic scientists are the investigators of crime scenes. Often among the first people on the scene, some of their common duties may include identifying, collecting, and analyzing evidence as well as writing reports. This collection of evidence requires close and careful attention to detail. Once finished with the crime scene, the forensic scientists then move to the lab where they study their findings from out in the field. This can include DNA analysis, study of blood patterns, shoe prints, and hair or other fibers. These skills can help identify both victims and potential suspects.

Forensic scientists also help police recreate crime scenes and identify ballistics and weapons. The work doesn’t end there, though. Once the investigations wrap up, they often participate in court cases by providing expert testimony in trials related to the cases on which they previously worked.

How do you become a forensic scientist?

The first thing you’ll need to start a career in forensic science is an education. With affordable, flexible, online classes, Ashworth College can help you prepare to pursue a career in forensic science at your own pace. Designed by practicing professionals, the forensic science career diploma may help you gain the essential skills and investigative techniques needed to aid law enforcement. It also covers topics like the criminal justice process and litigation at state and federal levels, providing you with opportunity for a well-rounded background to begin your career.

Why become a forensic scientist?

If you’re looking to put a keen mind and meticulous work ethic to the test, a career as a forensic scientist might be right for you. The job market is projected to grow about 14 percent over the next ten years, though the competition for these positions is expected to be strong. This means a quality education may give you the added advantage you need.

Prepare with Ashworth

If you’re ready for a career as a forensic scientist, education is where it begins. Contact an Ashworth Admissions Advisor at to learn more or enroll online today.

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