If you live in the beautiful state of Utah and would like to earn your degree in forensic science or a related area, then you should know that you are definitely on the right track. Every forensic science career out there will require applicants to possess some kind of related higher education.
Most jobs, in fact, will require applicants to possess at least a bachelor’s degree. There are some jobs that accept applicants with only associate’s degrees, but these are usually few and far between, and they do not tend to pay very well and are also quite entry level in nature.
Therefore, most people will choose to earn at least a bachelor’s degree, with many even going on to earn their master’s degrees or even their PhDs. Only you can decide what educational level is right for you, just as only you can decide what to major in.
There isn’t one “required” major that you absolutely have to have to work in the field, but your major should be, of course, related to forensic science or criminal justice in some way and, ideally, related to the job you wish to have in the field.
Commonly chosen majors include basic forensic studies, forensic science, computer forensics, forensic psychology, criminal justice, crime scene investigation, legal studies, and others.
If you plan to earn your bachelor’s degree in the state, you will have many fine traditional colleges and universities to choose from. Such institutions will typically grant you a bachelor’s degree in around four years, a master’s degree in one to three years after earning your bachelor’s degree, and a PhD in approximately seven years. For many, though, a traditional approach to education is not realistic, and for those individuals, there are still other viable options.
You can, for example, choose to earn a bachelor’s degree in two parts. The first part involves earning an associate’s degree, usually from a community college or from a trade or technical school. Such institutions will either allow you to take classes on your own time, or even online, or will offer evening and even weekend classes to choose from.
Often times, you can earn your degree quickly, at your own pace. Plus, such institutions tend to be cheaper than traditional colleges and universities, allowing you to save money. Once you have earned an associate’s degree, you can transfer your earned credits to a traditional college or university to earn your bachelor’s degree.
In today’s world, you also have the wonderful option of earning your degree completely online. There are many good online schools out there, no matter what you may have heard. There are also, unfortunately, a lot of scams out there that you have to be wary of.
The best way to avoid illegitimate institutions is to spend some time seriously researching any online college or university you are thinking of attending. You will want to make sure it is fully accredited and will offer you a good, well rounded education.
Online schooling allows you to work at your own pace, and like community colleges and technical schools, tends to be cheaper than traditional schooling. Do keep in mind, though, that many traditional colleges and universities offer programs that are available either fully or partially online, so that may be another option to consider.
Most programs, no matter where you choose to go to school or how, will focus on teaching you about the field in general and on the different types of work that are done in it. From there, you will move to learning the ins and outs of your specialty area.