Career and Professional Opportunities
Positions around the United States:
Positions in Alabama and Surrounding States:
Florida Dept. of Law Enforcement Crime Laboratory Services (scroll to bottom of page to search current openings)
Mississippi Dept. of Public Safety (navigate menus for openings by type of position)
These are just a few of the employment opportunities that you can explore during your job search. Every state (and many smaller jurisdictions, such as counties) have forensics divisions with websites that you can find through simple internet searches. There are also numerous private companies that employ forensic scientists, analysts, and researchers.
Primarily employed in laboratory settings, forensic scientists perform many essential duties related to criminal and scientific investigations. There are many entry-level opportunities for students who minor in forensic science, especially when paired with a major in Chemistry or Biology.
Forensic anthropologists apply concepts from biological anthropology to assist law enforcement by recovering and analyzing unidentified human skeletal remains for clues to that individual's identity, including sex, age, stature, ancestry, any individualizing characteristics, and cause of death. To become a forensic anthropologist, you must obtain a Ph.D. in biological or forensic anthropology. More information can be found at the American Board of Forensic Anthropology website.
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Crime Scene Investigator
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