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Forensic Science Colleges, Careers, And Salary Information

Forensic Science Colleges…

Students interested in becoming crime scene technicians will benefit by reviewing the pros and cons of attending each of the different forensic science colleges in the U.S.

All of the forensic science colleges share several principles but the individual benefits at each institution make them each unique in their own right. In fact, here is a list of local forensic science schools in your area and online.

Some of the best forensic science colleges in the country are the universities that provide both undergraduate and graduate forensic classes. These schools also equip students with a comprehensive set of knowledge that enables them to succeed in several different careers related to forensic science.

Some of the best forensic science colleges in the country are:

  • Syracuse University
  • Boston State University
  • University of California- Davis
  • Ohio University
  • George Washington University

George Washington University’s forensic program dates back to 1968 and offers students a focus in concentrations such as forensic toxicology, forensic molecular biology, forensic toxicology and an MS in Crime Scene Investigation. Davis College provides the only forensic science degree in the entire University of Cal system.

At Cal-Davis students can earn an MS in forensic science, or they can specialize in DNA analytics or criminalistics. Around 85 percent of the students that graduate from this program are able to find employment in the field of forensic soon after graduating.

One of the other concentrations forensic students can focus on include a MS/JD in forensic science and law from Syracuse. The internship for this program often places students with agencies like the FBI, CIA and even the NYPD. Some of the other classes forensic majors will focus on include toxicology, bloodstain pattern analysis and forensic pathology.

Ohio University actually has the oldest forensic program in the U.S, over 95 percent of graduating students find employment in the forensics field after graduation.

Some other universities with top tier forensic programs in the U.S include Penn State, Drexel University, Michigan State, SUNY at Albany and Virginia Commonwealth University. Each one of these universities has been recognized at one point or another for its distinguishing attributes of its forensic science program.

Regardless of the university or major concentration, most forensic scientists’ duties are centered on analyzing crime scene evidence and testifying in court as an expert witness. Forensic scientists also examine firearms, consult on determining time of death or matching DNA and collecting and storing evidence as well.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, forensic scientists typically earn an hourly wage of around $24 per hour, equating to a median salary of approximately $50,000 per year. Most forensic majors end up working in security services and investigation, local governments or with engineering, architectural and other related services. However, forensic students that end up working for the executive branch of the federal government typically fair best, earning over $90,000 per year.

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