Georgia residents who are interested in having careers as forensic scientists often think that the only real educational option that they have is to pursue an associate’s or a bachelor’s degree in forensic science. The truth is, however, that not all forensic scientists just earn a straight forensic science or forensic studies degree.

Many also choose criminal justice and criminal justice related programs with an emphasis on forensics in their studies and coursework. After all, the two fields are extremely closely related and often overlap.

The good news for Georgia residents is that there are a great many fine and fully accredited higher learning institutions in the state that offer programs that, if taken seriously and worked hard at, can provide you with every opportunity for success in a forensic science career.

The trick is really just to explore all of your many options and to find the one that matches most closely with the career goals that you have set in place. If you don’t have career goals established yet, there is no better time than now to get started. You can begin by researching the field in general and looking at the many different capacities in which forensic scientists can work.

From there, you can select the careers you are most interested in and spend some time learning about their requirements and the preferred educational background for applicants.

Keep in mind, too, that in today’s world, you are not bound to just Georgia in terms of earning your education. There are a great many online schools out there offering degrees in criminal justice, forensic studies, forensic science, and related areas. If you do choose an online school, be especially careful and selective.

While there are a lot of truly good online schools out there, there are also a lot of scams. The best way to avoid scams is through careful research and by always choosing a school that is fully accredited. Don’t just take the school’s word for it either; check on the accreditation status yourself.

No matter how you choose to pursue your degree, make sure you also give some thought to the degree level you decide upon. If you are considering an associate’s degree, know that most professionals working in the field have at least a bachelor’s degree. While there are a few entry level positions out there that can be obtained with only an associate’s degree, most people will use this degree as merely a jumping off point.

Credits earned through an accredited associate’s degree program are usually fairly easy to transfer to an accredited undergraduate program. Bachelor’s degrees are definitely the way to go, but if you already have one in an unrelated field, don’t think you have to pursue another ,more related one.

You can instead take your education to the next level by applying for a master’s degree program. There are many programs in the state that are more than willing to accept students from diverse educational backgrounds.