10 Criminal Forensics Careers For CSI Lovers

With the popularity of shows like CSI and CSI Miami, it's no surprise that interest in criminal forensics careers is on the rise. The good news is that a criminal justice degree can be the starting point for not only an interesting career, but one that tends to be recession proof. The difficulty comes in choosing what area of forensics to focus on. Below is a list of the top 10 most popular careers in forensics.

Forensic Examiner
A forensic examiner, better known as a crime scene investigator (CSI), is responsible for collecting and analyzing the evidence found at homicides, sexual assaults, burglaries, and other crime scene locations. The crime scene investigator is probably the most well known criminal forensics job mostly because of the popularity of CSI.

Fingerprint Examiner
Fingerprints are the impressions left on surfaces that someone has touched. Collecting the fingerprints, palm prints and footprints from a crime scene is one of the most important aspects of forensics. As a Finger Print Examiner, not only are you responsible for identifying the prints, you have to analyze and compare them with other prints that have been recovered and are stored in computerized databases.

Forensic Accounting
There are a wide variety of legal investigations that require the assistance of accountants to collect, analyze and report on data relating to fraud and other types of financial wrong doing. While some are only hired to look into the spending habits of divorces, others do corporate forensics to look for embezzlement or money laundering schemes.

Forensic Anthropologist
A forensic anthropologist is brought in to examine human remains for legal and investigative purposes. They often work along side pathologist and homicide investigators collecting evidence to determine how and when a victim died.

Forensic Artist
A forensic artist aids law enforcement and investigators by taking verbal descriptions given by witnesses and translating them into visual representations of crime suspects, missing persons, and even details of a crime scene.

Forensic Hypnotist
Though objections and inadmissibility issues plague this area of forensics, some criminal investigators still use hypnotists to help witnesses remember specific information regarding a crime.

Forensic Psychologist
Forensic Psychologists consult with juries or to testify in court as to the mental condition and state of a suspect. You may also be asked to evaluate individuals and advise on whether they are competent to stand trial.

Forensic Pathologist
One of the most important factors in any investigation is to determine the cause of death. Forensic pathologists are asked to examine cadavers to confirm not only the cause of death, but the identity of the deceased. Of all the criminal forensics jobs, this one probably requires a strongest stomach.

Forensic Serologist
A forensic serologist analyzes blood found at a crime scene to determine, among other things, DNA, blood type, and whether the blood is from a human. Based on findings, a Serologist may even be able to determine how long someone has been dead.

Forensic Toxicologist
Forensic Toxicologists assist death, poisoning and drug related investigations using analytical chemistry, pharmacology, as well as chemistry. This includes determining whether certain substances are present in the body and at what level.

Each of these criminal forensic careers offers something uniquely different and exiting for individuals with criminal justice degrees. While it may not be as exciting and glorious as the TV shows portray, those shows do reveal that there are many exciting career opportunities available.

A Criminal Justice Bachelor degree has many career options to choose from for all those who love the forensics of the job. Susan Haubrich wanted to find out all she could about Criminal Justice careers and salaries. Visit http://www.ccu.edu/ccu/criminaljustice/ for more information.

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