Alaska residents who are interested in the forensic science field professionally often do not really know what to expect in terms of what the actual work will be like.
This lack of knowledge can often lead to disappointment with the career field and to wasted time, money, and effort pursuing a job that, as it turns out, isn’t a good fit for some after all.
To avoid having this happen to you, make sure that you take the time, at the very beginning of your career path, to research the forensic science field and to learn about the many career options available to you.
Not only will this give you a fuller picture of the field and allow you to accurately pick the best possible job choice for you, but it will also allow you to learn about educational and/or training requirements for your desired position, making it possible to tailor your educational and/or training path around the job that you wish to have. So, when you educate yourself, everybody wins. With that said, however, we obviously cannot tell you exactly what your career as a forensic scientist would be like; it looks different for everyone. What we can tell you, however, is that the vast majority of forensic scientists in the state enjoy excellent benefits and substantially higher than average salaries.
We can also explore with you a few of your many career options in the field. One of which is becoming what is known as a digital/multimedia forensic scientist. This job title represents the changing, increasingly technological nature of today’s world, and is one of the newer areas of work in the field. These professionals might work by researching various aspects of laboratory work or other technology used in forensic science and then publishing scholarly articles on their findings, or they might work to develop new digital photography and research technologies that can be used by a variety of forensic scientists themselves or, more likely, with a team.
Then, there are forensic anthropologists, who to be frank, work with human remains. This job requires its professionals to find and/or identify materials from the human skeleton or other parts of the body, such as teeth or skin. Though the nature of the work is gruesome, these professionals have helped to solve and/or close many cases by appropriately finding and/or identifying the dead.
Speaking of teeth, some professionals are involved in forensic dentistry specifically. Often former dentists, these professionals, involved in the study of ondontology, use found teeth to identify deceased individuals, examine bite marks or bite patterns for identification purposes, and can often even find criminals. No person’s teeth or bite are exactly the same, and a forensic dentist can find the differences and use them for important purposes.
Often, when people think of forensic scientists, they think of them as performing autopsies in order to determine the cause of death. The forensic scientists who work in this important way are known as forensic pathologists. They work to find the causes behind illnesses and death, and then use the knowledge they gain to help others or to put criminals behind bars.
These represent just a few ways in which forensic scientists can choose to work in the state. There are also forensic psychologists, forensic psychiatrists, criminalists, forensic engineers, forensic toxicologists, and more. The important thing is that you do your research and learn about all of your different career options and then use the information you have learned to make an educated choice about your own career in forensic science.