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Five Career Fields You Can Go Into With A Forensic Science Degree

Interested in getting a Forensic Science degree? We’re here to break down the five career fields you can go into with a Bachelor’s of Forensic Science.  

Forensic science offers limitless opportunities in several career fields, including:  


1. Crime Scene Investigator – Crime Scene Investigators may work in a state crime lab, police department, or federal law enforcement agency. Some general CSI responsibilities include:

  • Collecting preserving, packaging physical evidence
  • Testifying in court in regard to collected evidence
  • Identifying and marking areas of a crime
  • Transporting physical evidence to a forensic lab


2. FBI Investigator – Investigators with the Federal Bureau of Investigation are part of the federal government’s chief investigative unit and handle criminal activities across state lines. Within the FBI are several different career paths, including:

  • Intelligence
  • Counterintelligence
  • Counterterrorism
  • Cyber Criminal


FBI Investigator responsibilities include:

  • Collecting and analyzing data
  • Studying changes in criminal patterns
  • Questioning and interviewing
  • Maintaining mental and physical fitness


3. Forensic Biologist – Forensic Biologists may work for government agencies to examine and inspect crime scenes for evidence including blood, hair, bones, and more. Those samples are then analyzed, which results may then be used to testify in court. A Forensic Biologist’s responsibilities include:

  • Photographing a crime scene
  • Recording observations and findings, such as location and position of evidence
  • Collect evidence for observation
  • Interpret test results
  • Provide expert testimony in court discussing laboratory findings


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4. Forensic Psychologist – A Forensic Psychologist may work in a hospital, medical examiner’s office, or research center. Forensic Psychologist work with legal specialists to analyze psychological details in a case. Job responsibilities include:

  • Criminal profiling
  • Investigate child abuse reports
  • Provide testimony in civil lawsuits
  • Perform child custody evaluations


5. Arson Investigator – An Arson Investigator may work for state law enforcement agencies, or police or fire departments. Arson Investigators respond to and investigate fire scenes, and write reports after identifying and collecting evidence. Job responsibilities include:

  • Determining whether or not a crime has been committed
  • Identifying potential motives and suspects
  • Writing reports on fire scenes and evidence, discussing how a fire started and spread


University of Providence’s Forensic Science program focuses on biology, chemistry, physics, and mathematics – areas that make up the field of forensic science.  

Choosing a career path is as important as choosing a program to major in, in college. Deciding on a major means you also need to know what jobs you will be qualified for once you receive your degree.