Mississippi residents with a career interest in forensic science usually have quite a few questions about the field and the work in general. One of the most important questions they will ever ask, though, deals with how to get started in the field and how to begin down the path that leads to a long and lucrative career as a forensic scientist in some capacity.

It is actually the very beginning part of this path that is the simplest and the most important, but far too many people skip over it and then pay the consequences.

This first step involves simply sitting down and spending some real time educating yourself about the forensic science field and the many different career options available in it.

You should not consider your research complete until you have a thorough understand of what forensic scientists do and of the careers in the field that you are the most interested in. Even then, you still need to educate yourself on the academic requirements and/or preferences for professionals working in the capacities you have chosen.

From there, you can set a career goal for yourself and then begin planning your education around that career goal.

If you skip this very easy but often time consuming step, you run the risk of spending a lot of time, money, and effort on a career that you may come to find out ,later down the road when it is too late, isn’t for you at all.

Even if that doesn’t happen, you still might miss out on a job that you are very well suited to, because you didn’t know it existed and didn’t receive the right kind of education. So spend the time now to save yourself time and disappointment later.

When you have done researching, no matter what your career goals are, you will know that you absolutely need a degree in order to be hired and to succeed in this field. The vast majority of forensic science professionals working in the state have at least a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university.

These degrees are usually in forensic science itself, in general forensic studies, in computer forensics, or in criminal justice or a related field. It is important to note that while there are some careers in the field that require only an associate’s degree, these are few and far between, and they usually do not pay very well.

It is for this reason that the majority of people choose to use an associate’s degree only as a jumping off point, and go into the program intending to transfer their credits to a bachelor’s degree program.

Whatever you decide, you will have to get your education from somewhere, and finding the right school is something you should devote a lot of time and effort to. There are certainly a number of fine traditional colleges and universities in the state, but such a traditional approach to education doesn’t always work for every person.

If you are one of these people, know that you still have options for pursuing your education. You can, for example, choose to earn your degree from an accredited online school or, as discussed earlier, to get your associate’s degree first and then work up to a bachelor’s degree from there.

Both of these options tend to be cheaper than traditional schooling, and also tend to provide opportunities for those with other time consuming commitments to work around their own schedules or even to work at their own pace as well.