If you are a Montana resident who has received a forensic science education and is ready to take that next step and apply for a job or career, then you will be happy to know that there are lots of different positions available all throughout the state.
You can, with the proper training, have just about any career in the field that you want, but it will definitely help if you have an idea of what is out there. Forensic scientists, as you likely already know, work in a wide range of ways, and with the right training, you will have a full selection from all of the many career choices.
In Montana, many forensic scientists work as what is known as a criminalist position. Criminalists are the forensic scientists most people think of when they think of the field. These professionals show up on crime scenes, most often murder or rape scenes, to find forensic evidence and then to analyze and identify that evidence, possibly for use in a court of law.
These professionals do work that can be somewhat gruesome and often depressing, but for many, it still makes for a very fascinating and very lucrative career choice.
There are also forensic toxicologists, who are most concerned with deaths or crimes where substances were involved. These professionals, for example, might examine a body to determine if drugs or alcohol were used at the time of the person’s death and/or if they were the cause of the death.
They can also check to see if someone has been poisoned or otherwise drugged. Oftentimes, their findings will be used in a court of law, as is the case with criminalists. Typically, these professionals have some kind of medical or scientific studies or experience in addition to their forensics and/or crime related educations.
Forensic anthropologists also work a common and very fascinating job. Their work involves finding human remains and then using their skills and special equipment to identify and often test those remains. This may be to find out the cause of death, to determine if a found body is that of a missing person’s, or for various other reasons.
This is probably one of the more gruesome and difficult lines of work in the field, but those who are well suited to it often tend to love it and do it for many years.
In a similar vein to forensic anthropologists who identify individuals and causes of death through a study known as ondontology. Our teeth can tell a lot about us, and these specially trained professionals know how to read what they are trying to say.
They might study bite patterns or marks to gather evidence, use dental records to track down a criminal, or identify a person through his or her teeth or bite. These professionals are often former dentists, though this is certainly not a requirement for working in this field of forensic science. Amazingly, these choices represent just a few of your many options in forensic science.