Career Options in Forensic Science

Many are interested in investigation but only few opt for the subject as career and shine in it. Forensic is one of the major braches in Crime investigation. There are several branches of forensic sciences. The technological advancement is helping to apprehend who is actual offender. The importance for these sciences increases in investigation area and requires more skilled specialists.

Courses and Colleges:

There are several branches of Forensic Science viz. Cyber law, Forensic Entomology, Fingerprint Expert, Forensic Biotechnology and DNA Fingerprinting, Forensic Engineering, Fire and Arson Investigation, Cell phone Forensic etc.

Many institutes are offering Diploma and Certificate courses in the specialized field for those who want to develop the skill in the particular area. The qualification for short term certificate courses is passing in 10th, for Diploma a Graduation in any discipline from recognized college. Few institutes like IFS EDUCATION DEPARTMENT are offering these courses in online and distance modes. Department of Anthropology of Punjab University, Deccan Education Society Law College of Pune, Gauhati Medical College of Gawhati are few of the colleges offering the courses in regular.

The Bachelor degree program is offered by Amity University of Noida, College of Science and Research of Udaipur, Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar Marathwada University of Aurangabad, Dr. Hari SinghGour University of Madhya Pradesh etc. The eligibility is passing in 10 +2 with science subjects.

Post Graduation in the stream is available with Department of Criminology of University of Madras, Department of Forensic Science of Punjabi University, Department of Studies in Criminology and Forensic Science of Dharwad, Department of Zoology of Kurukshetra University etc. The Graduation in the stream is the eligibility criteria.

Integrated Master Degree course of Five years is also offered by few like Pandit Ravishankar Shukla University with the eligibility of passing in 10 + 2.

Further degrees are also encouraged by many universities. Doctor of Medicine (MD) in Forensic Medicine is offered by Lady Hardinge Medical College. Fellowships are offered in the stream for the research purpose.

Scope and Career:

There are opening for the science in several sectors. The Government bodies like CBI, Police Department, Quality Control Bureau, CID, Army, Defense, Forensic Science Laboratories, Courts, Hospitals, and Banks etc. provide a great scope.

In private organizations like Security Service Agencies, Detective Agencies, working under legal representatives or law firms or practicing with self agency are few of the prospective fields.

Apart from these teaching in any of the institutes or colleges is another resourceful opportunity. For recognized colleges, UGC CSIR conducted Eligibility Test must be cleared.


  • Forensic psychologist
  • Finger print expert
  • Forensic Scientist or Dactyloscopists
  • Handwriting expert
  • Toxicologist
  • Forensic Anthropologists
  • Crime reporter
  • Detective
  • Forensic Pathologist
  • Forensic Chemist
  • Forensic expert
  • Forensic Medical Examiner
  • Security expert
  • Forensic Consultant
  • Forensic linguists

Required attributes to choose the field:

One must have enough mental strength to handle the critical situations and emotions. Analytical and logical thinking is very necessary. One must have the attitude of thinking out of box. Physical fitness and tough nature help in the field.

Payment aspect:

In the aspect of payment, forensic offers a handsome amount for the experts. The Post Graduates and Qualified Professionals are paid high in both Government and Private Sectors.

Thus, Forensic Science is an aspirant and optimistic career for the enthusiasts.

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