If you are an Arizona resident who has a serious interest in becoming a forensic scientist, then you probably already know that you will require some kind of formal educational training in order to land the job that you want.

Knowing just what kind of training to receive, however, and where to receive it from, can often be confusing for newcomers to the field, especially since forensic scientists come to work in the field from a wide variety of educational backgrounds. Part of the reason for this is because there are so many different capacities in which a forensic scientist can choose to work.

This is why a good first step for prospective forensic scientists is to spend some time researching the field and the different careers that are available in it. Not only will this help you to find the career that you are truly the most suited to, but it can also help you to tailor your education specifically to the forensic science career that you wish to have.

In general, though, any kind of degree in criminal justice can help you to reach your career goals, since almost all forensic science jobs will offer on the job training.

The vast majority of forensic scientists working in the state of Arizona will possess at least a bachelor’s degree in a related area, with many having master’s degrees or even PhDs. In some cases, an associate’s degree may be sufficient, but usually only for very entry level, low paying positions. Of course, you can always choose to get your associate’s degree first and then to transfer the credits you earn to an accredited undergraduate program.

Whatever route you decide to go, you will want to aim for the maximum amount of education possible in a subject area closely related to the job that you want to have.

The good news for Arizona residents is that there are a lot of different schools and related programs to choose from in the state. Individuals interested in forensic science can choose to attend traditional colleges and universities, online schools as long as they are accredited or even community colleges or trade or technical schools. The most important thing for you to do is to simply find a school that will realistically work for you and your lifestyle, while at the same time providing you with the tools and knowledge you will need to succeed at your chosen career.

One commonly attended school for future forensic scientists in the state is Argosy University, which is located in the busy capitol city of Phoenix. This school offers bachelor’s degree programs in criminal justice, with some programs offered online, as well as master’s degree programs, both online and traditional, in various aspects of forensic psychology, such as assessment, homeland security, law enforcement, and treatment. There’s also Arizona State University, in Tempe, which has an online bachelor’s degree program in criminology, as well as a program in criminal justice. Yuma’s Arizona Western College has its own bachelor’s degree program in administration of justice, and Brookline College is an excellent choice for those seeking online associate’s degrees in criminal justice, traditional associate’s degrees in justice administration, or online bachelor’s degrees in criminal justice.

As you may have noticed, many of the state’s colleges are located in big, bustling cities where there is lots to do for fun and, more importantly, many career and internship opportunities. Those who love big city life might find a good fit with Brown Mackie College, which has locations in both Phoenix and Tucson, and which offers associate’s degree programs and bachelor’s degree programs in criminal justice and legal studies.

Another good choice for schooling in the field is Central Arizona College, located in Coolidge, which has an associate’s degree program in administration of justice. For those who want to obtain a certification before earning a degree or as a supplement to previous education, Chandler Gilbert Community College is a fine choice. Located in Chandler, this school offers certification programs in a variety of subjects, including crime intelligence analysis, forensic science, homeland security, justice studies, and law enforcement training. These represent just a few of Arizona’s many choices.