People who watch TV shows like CSI (Crime Scene Investigation) or CIS (Criminal Investigative Service) may get a glimpse of the variety of forensic scientist jobs available. The application of scientific methods and knowledge to criminal investigations and legal problems is referred to as forensic science. Although many people believe they have a good understanding of forensics based on television, many of the characters on these shows do a variety of jobs, whereas in real life, specialties are more focused.
A large number of forensic scientist jobs are in the field of education. Lecturers, instructors, professors, and readers all contribute to forensic scientists’ education sharing their areas of expertise in the classroom. Analysts, engineers, criminalists, scientists, technicians, pathologists, and various examiners are among the jobs that can be divided into two categories: management and specialty technical jobs. Some forensic scientists work as consultants or advisors, and others have a mix of managerial and technical responsibilities. Medical practice, laboratory practice, and field service are three other ways to categorize forensic scientist jobs.
We could start designating crime scene investigators as field agents, combining these two perspectives on the field. Managers could include, for example, forensic laboratory directors and managers, forensic account managers, and forensic science commanders. Medical examiners, forensic pathologists, forensic odontologists or dentists, psychologists, including profilers, and other medical specialties would make up the medical group. Experts in ballistics, biology, botany, chemistry, DNA, entomology, fingerprints, firearms and toolmarks, and toxicology, for example, would be included in the laboratory group.
Jobs as a forensic scientist are available at a variety of companies. Local, state, and regional forensic laboratories, which are frequently seen on television, are probably the first organizations that come to mind. The Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Postal Service, Customs, and the Drug Enforcement Administration are among the federal agencies that may come to mind when watching NCIS. District attorneys’ offices and the military both employ forensic scientists.
Obviously, instructional positions are frequently found in educational institutions. This could be at a university, a college, or a community college. In addition, the National Forensic Academy, for example, offers ten-week intensive courses for law enforcement crime scene technicians who are currently employed. Another option is museums, such as the Jeffersonian Institution in Bones, where forensic anthropologist Dr. Temperance Brennan works. In addition, there are forensic archaeologists.