Careers In Forensic Science


Forensic investigators work as a TEAM!  To gather, analyze, and organize diverse evidence many specialists are often needed.

Here is just a starting list of different jobs available in the field of criminal science investigation:

Arson & Fire Investigator

Medical Examiner

Blood Spatter/ Bloodstain Pattern Analyst

Polygraph Examiner

Computer Forensics Examiner

Forensic DNA Analyst


Forensic Accountant

Forensic Anthropologist

Forensic Nurse

Forensic Artist

Forensic Documents Examiner

Forensic Ballistics Analyst

Forensic Autopsy Technician

Forensic Botanist

Fingerprint Analyst

Forensic Odontologist (aka Forensic Dentist)

Crime Scene Photographer

Forensic Entomologist

Crime Scene Supervisor

Forensic Lab Technician

Digital Forensics Expert

Forensic Pathologist

Forensic Firearms and Toolmarks Examiner

Forensic Psychologist

Pathologists' Assistant

Forensic Serologist

Trace Evidence Analyst

Forensic Toxicologist






  1. Find out which career you have been assigned. (*in class, or by emailing Ms. LaSovage if you were absent)
  2. Research information about that career using the Internet, books and other sources both during class time and at home in order to answer the questions below.
  3. Summarize your learning in an organized format – aka a report with headings.
  4. Present a summary of your research to your peers.
  5. Later: Compare and contrast at least three jobs in the field of forensic science.


You will be gathering information to write a report.  The information should be neat, typed, and grammatically correct.  Your paper should have headings.


The paper will include the following information:

  • Position Title - name of the job you have researched
  • Job description – what exactly does this person do?  MUST BE MORE THAN ONE SENTENCE!!!!!
    • ​​​​What does this person do on a daily basis?
    • What does a person who has this job do that relates to the field of forensics?
    • What kind/types of evidence do people who have this job examine/look at?
    • What other jobs might this person interact with?

  • Location – Is this a job done in the lab or the field? Both? In a hospital or police lab?...
  • Education required - Does this require a medical degree? A masters degree? a bachelors degree? An associates degree?  What field of study/major is required?  Is any other specialized training required?
  • Salary – What salary can you expect in this career?  Include the min, max, average, range…
  • Job availability – Find an actual job posting and print it out, or explain why this is a rare or common job
  • Criminal connection/Case Study -  This will be a case where someone in your job was involved in the investigation.  Include 
    • The name of the case
    • the date
    • the location
    • a description of the crime and criminal
    • how it was solved using the information from the experts in your field
  • Equipment – What equipment is used by this profession?
    • Include 3-5 labeled pictures of equipment used by people in that field and state the name of the equipment and what each is used for
  • Bibliography- REQUIRED This should be a list of the sources you used for this project.

The information should be neat, typed, and grammatically correct.  Your paper should have headings. Bibliography is required.






Here are some starter websites, but feel free to use others that are not on this list.  I would prefer you limit the information you get from wikipedia.  At least 3 sources must be used.


American Academy of Forensic Science: and their resources page:

All about Forensic site:


Forensic Science Resources:


John Jay College’s listing of resources for specific fields including some links:


Forensic Science Careers links:


Naviance: (career center resource)


In addition- here is a link to multiple other sites that are very helpful:


FBI Laboratory Services Page


Other Consolidated websites:


You may also use other resources not on this list!  At least 3 different resources are required.


Remember: If you USE it CITE it!!