If you are a Virginia resident who would like to one day become a forensic scientist, you should know that reaching your career goals is often a lot simpler than you might think.

In fact, you can start down the path toward having the job of your dreams just by following three simple steps, which we have presented here. As long as you take each step seriously and make the effort to accomplish it, then you can absolutely have the job you have always wanted, and within just a few years’ time.

Step # One: Research, Research, Research

It might sound overly simplistic, but if you seriously want to work in the forensic science field, then you need to know the field inside and out. Far too many people enter into schooling or, even worse, employment in this field ,without really having any idea of what it entails.

Much too often, this ends in disappointment and in wasted time, effort, money, and energy. Don’t let this happen to you .Devote some real time and thought to learning about the field and the many different career options available in it. You can use what you learn to choose a career for yourself and to plan your education around your career goals.

Step # Two: Plan Your Education

Once you have done your research and have a career goal in mind, you are ready to plan your education. Think about what you want to major in. Ideally, this should be something very closely related to the exact job that you wish to have.

Also think about the degree level that you wish to pursue, and whether you want to attend a community college, a trade school, a technical school, a vocational school, a traditional college or university, an online school, or a school that offers classes partially online and partially in person. Having a clear idea of what kind of education you want to earn and from where will limit your choices and make the process of selecting and applying to schools a lot less overwhelming.

Step # Three: Find and Apply to Schools

Once you have schools in mind, you are ready to apply for admission. Ideally, you should apply, of course, to all of your top choices, and you should also have a few backup or “safety” schools in mind, so that you will be able to start your education right away, no matter what.

Be prepared to pay a small admission fee, usually under one hundred dollars, for each school you apply to. You should also be prepared to answer short answer and essay questions about yourself and your career, personal, and educational goals, in addition to providing basic information about yourself.

Take your application as seriously as possible, as it will determine whether or not you are accepted to the school of your choice. Once you get an acceptance letter, you are ready to enroll, start taking classes, and declare a major.