Maine residents who are interested in having careers in forensic science should know that an education from an accredited college or university is absolutely vital to their success. In most cases and for most jobs in the field, at least a bachelor’s degree will be required.

Sometimes, however, there are entry level positions available to those with only associate’s degrees. But, since these positions are few and far between and tend to be very entry level and not very well paid, most people who pursue an associate’s degree do so with the intention of transferring the credits they earn to an accredited undergraduate institution. However, only you can decide what the right choice is for you.

The good news, though, is that no matter what you decide, you will be able to find an educational program to match your goals and needs right in the state.

Maine, though somewhat of a small state, is home to lots of wonderful higher learning institutions, the majority of which are fully equipped to get prospective forensic science majors started off on the right foot and started down a successful and well planned career path.

You should keep in mind that the best way to determine what your major should be is to spend some time researching the field, learning about the different jobs available in it and their various requirement, setting firm career goals in place based on your knowledge, and then working carefully toward those career goals.

This will keep you from making common beginner mistakes, such as not getting in all of the coursework you need to do the job you want to do. The more carefully and thoroughly you plan now, the more happy you are likely to be with the outcome of your education and, subsequently, your job search.

Once you have your plans in place, all that you have left to do is to explore different schools and programs to find the best fit for you. One commonly attended school in the state is Husson University, located in Bangor, and offering associate’s degree programs in criminal justice, a dual bachelor’s degree program in criminal justice and psychology, as well as a master’s degree program in criminal justice administration.

Another top choice is Kaplan University, in South Portland, with an online bachelor’s degree program in corrections. There are also private institutions, like Saint Joseph’s College of Maine at Standish, offering an online bachelor’s degree program in criminal justice.

Another popular choice is Southern Maine Community College of South Portland, which has a bachelor’s degree program in criminal justice.

There’s also Thomas College, located in Waterville, offering bachelor’s degree programs in criminal justice administration, criminal justice, and forensic psychology, and the University of Maine at August, with an associate’s degree program and a bachelor’s degree program in justice studies, as well as a certification program in forensic science.

Plus, don’t forget the University of Maine at Presque Isle, offering both associate’s degree and bachelor’s degree programs in criminal justice. Keep in mind, too, that there are also lots of good online options based all over the world.