Criminal Justice, Law & Security - Forensics
If you're interested in the criminal justice industry and its vast array of opportunities and fields to pursue, from crime scene investigation to cybercrime to forensic biology, among countless others, a degree in Forensics may be a great fit for you.
Types of Degrees
Forensics students can pursue an associate degree (2 years), bachelor's degree (4 years), master's degree (6-7 years), or doctorate degree (8+ years). Associate and bachelor's degrees are oftentimes enough for entry-level positions, with higher levels of education providing students with further specialization or opportunities in post-secondary teaching.
A high school diploma or equivalent is required, with a strong academic background in math and science coursework helping applicants obtain acceptance into their desired school. Each school has its own specific requirements, making it important for you to explore several options before settling on a particular school.
Career Opportunities After Earning A Forensics Degree
The range of career opportunities available to someone with a degree in Forensics can include:
- Forensic Science Technician
- Crime Lab Director
- Information based on national data, not school-specific information. Conditions in your area may vary.
Post Graduate Salary Information
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the median salary for a Forensic Science Technician was $59,150 in 2019. (1)
Note that the average salary varies widely not only depending on the career chosen but on geographical location and employer. Conditions in your area may vary.
Careers associated with these educational opportunities often require additional degrees and certifications not offered as part of the educational opportunities presented by this website.
Information based on national data, not school-specific information. Conditions in your area may vary.