Forensic Detective Careers

by Stephanie Dube Dwilson
Forensic detectives have myriad career choices, from crime scene work to psychology to dentistry.

Forensic detectives have myriad career choices, from crime scene work to psychology to dentistry.

A forensic detective, also known as a forensic examiner or a forensic scientist, has a wide variety of different careers to choose from. Forensic detectives work with evidence at crime scenes to help law enforcement officials solve crimes and catch perpetrators. The field of forensic work has many specializations. Whatever path a forensic detective chooses, he can look forward to an exciting career that is never quite the same from one day to the next.

Criminal Forensics

A forensic detective may specialize in helping police solve crimes. They may work for police offices, sheriff's offices, and other government agencies. They often work in a laboratory examining evidence or visit crime scenes and decipher blood stains, the possible trajectory of objects at the scene, and other items.

Wildlife Forensics

A wildlife forensic detective also helps victims, but in his case the victim is an animal. This detective may be asked to determine an animal species based on scant evidence. They need to carefully document all specimens while they work, in case their findings need to be admissible in court. Their work may often involves catching poachers.

Digital Forensics

Forensic detectives may specialize in the digital field, sometimes even obtaining a computer forensic certification. Their work might include analyzing photographs for alterations, deciphering video of crime scenes, creating composite sketches of suspects and even developing a computer re-creation of a particular crime. Their work is highly analytical and requires a strong background in computer science.

Additional Forensic Fields

Forensic detectives have a virtually endless number of fields they can choose to work in. For example, forensic engineering involves analyzing structural failures, reconstructing accidents and determining the quality of a construction project. Forensic psychologists help determine if a suspect is competent to stand trial and help victims deal with psychiatric issues so that they can testify. Forensic anthropologists use human skeletons to solve questions surrounding crime scenes. Forensic dentistry involves using dental remains to make a human identification.

About the Author

With features published by media such as Business Week and Fox News, Stephanie Dube Dwilson is an accomplished writer with a law degree and a master's in science and technology journalism. She has written for law firms, public relations and marketing agencies, science and technology websites, and business magazines.

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