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Resume Tips or Strategies:

  • Here are some skills one can list on a Forensic Science resume to catch an employer from University of Toronto Mississauga
    • knowledge of all sciences involved in forensics; including: chemistry, toxicology, serology, physical science, anatomy, dental science, psychiatry, and others
    • ability to collect evidence
    • make observations, draw diagrams and take photographs
    • knowledge of descriptive statistics
    • written and oral communications skills including report writing, verbal testimony and oral presentations

Career Resources for Forensic Science Majors:

Forensic Science Graduate Programs:

Master of Science (M.S)

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)

Juris Doctor (J.D)

Career options with a:

  • Master’s Degree
    • Forensic Technologist
    • Forensic Scientist/Analyst
    • Medical Scientist
    • Detective/Investigator
  • PhD
    • Medical Examiner
    • Lawyer (J.D.)

Salary and job outlook information

Position Degree 2012 Median Pay Percent Growth 2012-2022
Police and Detectives High School Diploma/Bachelor’s $56,980 per year 5%
Forensic Science Technicians Bachelor’s $52,840 per year 6%
Medical Scientists Doctoral $76,980 per year 13%
Chemical Technicians Bachelor’s $42,920 per year 9%
Biological Technicians Bachelor’s $39,750 per year 10%
Medical and Clinical Laboratory Technologists and Technicians Bachelor’s $47,820 per year 22%

 

  • Questions to ask:
    • What are the admissions requirements?
    • What application materials, subject test, etc. do I need?
    • How long does the program take to complete?
    • What research, internship, job, etc. opportunities are available?
    • How many students are accepted into the program each year?
    • What research or areas of specialty do the faculty have?
    • What makes _____ program unique?
  • Have at least 2 letters of recommendation from professors or work colleagues/supervisors to hand over during the application process
  • Keep a high undergraduate GPA (typically most schools want to see at least a 3.0 or higher)
  • Make sure to fully understand all admissions requirements for each graduate program

  • Here are some sample interview questions from Towson University:
    • To you, what is forensic chemistry all about?
    • What is the most challenging thing about being a forensic chemist?
    • What experiences helped develop your interest in pursuing a career in the environmental field?
    • What relevant forensic chemistry experience do you have?
    • Describe a situation in which you had to collect and analyze information.
    • When given an important assignment, how do you approach it?
    • Aside from classroom texts and experience, what journals or professional articles are you currently reading for professional development?
    • Give us an example of when you used good judgment and logic to solve a problem.
    • Please discuss your familiarity with lab techniques/instrumentation from lab courses or internships (i.e., aseptic technique, cell culture, running of various types of assays, PCR, gel electrophoresis, Western Blotting, DNA/RNA extraction or purification, HPLC, GC/MS, UV-Vis).

  • Strategies from Binghamton University
    • Obtain a double major in criminal justice and/or a hard science (biology, chemistry, or biochemistry) if interested in a career in forensics
    • Become familiar with the government application process
    • Learn a second language
    • Join a professional association and reach out to other professionals/potential employers via the association. Attend local/regional conferences to further network.
  • Tips from the Academy of Forensic Sciences
    • Have excellent public speaking skills – take a course in public speaking; join the drama club, toastmasters, or the debate team or another activity that showcases this ability[engine_collapse title=" Professional Associations " state=""]

Career Resources for MS Forensic Science:

Salary and job outlook information

Position 2012 Median Pay Percent Growth 2012-2022
Forensic Science Technicians $52,840 per year 6%
Medical Scientists $76,980 per year 13%
Chemical Technicians $42,920 per year 9%
Biological Technicians $39,750 per year 10%
Medical and Clinical Laboratory Technologists and Technicians $47,820 per year 22%


Here are some skills one can list on a Forensic Science resume to catch an employer from University of Toronto Mississauga

  • make and record accurate measurements
  • make observations, draw diagrams and take photographs
  • application of scientific method and design of experiments
  • crime scene investigation
  • ability to collect evidence
  • fundamental laboratory techniques
  • knowledge of all sciences involved in forensics; including: chemistry, toxicology, serology, physical science, anatomy, dental science, psychiatry, and others
  • analyze and present data
  • use graphs and present data in tables
  • knowledge of descriptive statistics
  • select and use statistical tests
  • computer proficiency and knowledge of applicable software
  • examine, test, and analyze samples
  • written and oral communications skills including report writing, verbal testimony and oral presentations
  • writing essays, literature surveys, reviews, and other written work
  • ability to report on practical and project work
  • knowledge and familiarity of the general aspects of scientific writing
  • understanding of cultural diversity as it relates to investigations
  • translate complex scientific evidence for specific audiences
  • taking notes
  • casework, teamwork, understanding legal issues related to evidence
  • use logic and reasoning to identify alternative solutions
  • evaluate information
  • interpret lab findings and test results
  • accurately collect and scientifically evaluate data
  • record results of data collection and draw logical conclusions based on the evidence obtained
  • communicate results of investigative work through proper channels based on the conclusions drawn

Here are some resume tips for Forensic Science majors from University of California San Diego

  • Next, describe your professional experience. List the positions you have held in chronological order (starting with the most recent). State the company you worked for, the dates of your employment, and provide a thorough yet concise description of your responsibilities.

Finally, conclude your resume with information about any accomplishments related to the field of forensic science. This may include a role in a college club, a board that you served on, or a publication in which your writing appeared

  • Here are some interviewing strategies from Virginia Commonwealth University
    • Express your enthusiasm for forensic science in ways other than citing television shows (e.g. CSI inspired me – don’t say that)
    • Expect a test, so study and be prepared. Interviews for forensic science positions do not only have your typical interview questions (i.e. what are your strengths and weaknesses?); instead you are questioned about instrumentation and how you would handle/analyze a variety of case scenarios.
    • Know the job requirements/expectations and know/have examples how you meet each of those requirements or have each of the skill sets the interviewer is looking for. In addition, do your homework on the position you are interviewing for and come with questions that demonstrate you have thought about the position and about yourself in that position.
    • Project an air of professionalism while still maintaining a sense of humor.  Let your CV (or resume) speak for your abilities and your personality speak for whether or not someone would want to be stuck next to you in a laboratory setting until they reach retirement.
    • Know everything possible about the company and position for which you are applying. Research the company online, find articles about their operations and learn about their hierarchy so you can include this information in your answers as well as develop positive pointed questions for the end of your interview

Career Resources for MS Forensic Technology:

Salary and job outlook information

Position 2014 Median Pay Percent Growth 2014-2024
Private Investigators and Detectives $44,570 per year 5%
Police and Detectives $58,630 per year 4%
Computer and Information Research Scientists $108,360 per year 11%
Forensic Science Technicians $52,840 per year 6%


Here are some skills one can list on a Forensic Technology resume to catch an employer from University of Toronto Mississauga

  • make and record accurate measurements
  • make observations, draw diagrams and take photographs
  • application of scientific method and design of experiments
  • crime scene investigation
  • ability to collect evidence
  • fundamental laboratory techniques
  • knowledge of all sciences involved in forensics; including: chemistry, toxicology, serology, physical science, anatomy, dental science, psychiatry, and others
  • analyze and present data
  • use graphs and present data in tables
  • knowledge of descriptive statistics
  • select and use statistical tests
  • computer proficiency and knowledge of applicable software
  • examine, test, and analyze samples
  • written and oral communications skills including report writing, verbal testimony and oral presentations
  • writing essays, literature surveys, reviews, and other written work
  • ability to report on practical and project work
  • knowledge and familiarity of the general aspects of scientific writing
  • understanding of cultural diversity as it relates to investigations
  • translate complex scientific evidence for specific audiences
  • casework, teamwork, understanding legal issues related to evidence
  • use logic and reasoning to identify alternative solutions
  • evaluate information
  • interpret lab findings and test results
  • accurately collect and scientifically evaluate data
  • record results of data collection and draw logical conclusions based on the evidence obtained
  • communicate results of investigative work through proper channels based on the conclusions drawn
  • Here are some resume tips for Forensic Science majors from University of California San Diego
    • Next, describe your professional experience. List the positions you have held in chronological order (starting with the most recent). State the company you worked for, the dates of your employment, and provide a thorough yet concise description of your responsibilities.
    • Finally, conclude your resume with information about any accomplishments related to the field of forensic science. This may include a role in a college club, a board that you served on, or a publication in which your writing appeared

  • Here are some interviewing strategies from Virginia Commonwealth University
  • Express your enthusiasm for forensic science in ways other than citing television shows (e.g. CSI inspired me – don’t say that)
  • Expect a test, so study and be prepared. Interviews for forensic science positions do not only have your typical interview questions (i.e. what are your strengths and weaknesses?); instead you are questioned about instrumentation and how you would handle/analyze a variety of case scenarios.
  • Know the job requirements/expectations and know/have examples how you meet each of those requirements or have each of the skill sets the interviewer is looking for. In addition, do your homework on the position you are interviewing for and come with questions that demonstrate you have thought about the position and about yourself in that position.
  • Project an air of professionalism while still maintaining a sense of humor. Let your CV (or resume) speak for your abilities and your personality speak for whether or not someone would want to be stuck next to you in a laboratory setting until they reach retirement.
  • Know everything possible about the company and position for which you are applying. Research the company online, find articles about their operations and learn about their hierarchy so you can include this information in your answers as well as develop positive pointed questions for the end of your interview.
  • What experiences helped develop your interest in pursuing a career in the forensics field?
  • What relevant forensic technology experience do you have?
  • Describe a situation in which you had to collect and analyze information.
  • When given an important assignment, how do you approach it?
  • Aside from classroom texts and experience, what journals or professional articles are you currently reading for professional development?
  • Give us an example of when you used good judgment and logic to solve a problem.
  • Please discuss your familiarity with computer programs/computer science as well as lab techniques/instrumentation from lab courses or internships (i.e., aseptic technique, cell culture, running of various types of assays, PCR, gel electrophoresis, Western Blotting, DNA/RNA extraction or purification, HPLC, GC/MS, UV-Vis).

  • Supplement your curriculum with criminal justice and/or a hard science (biology, chemistry, or biochemistry) classes
  • Become familiar with the government application process
  • Learn a second language
  • Join a professional association and reach out to other professionals/potential employers via the association. Attend local/regional conferences to further network.
  • Tips from the Academy of Forensic Sciences
  • Have excellent public speaking skills – take a course in public speaking; join the drama club, toastmasters, or the debate team or another activity that showcases this ability