If you are an Arkansas resident interested in pursuing a career as a forensic scientist, you should know that you absolutely need an education in order to have success in this career field.

In fact, for almost all positions in the field, you will need to have at least a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university.

What, exactly, your degree will need to be in, however, will depend heavily upon the exact job that you wish to have in the field. In general, though, any kind of degree in some aspect of criminal justice is a great starting point, as you can supplement your education with on the job training or additional education.

Of course, if you already have an idea of what you wish to do in the field before you start planning your education, you can tailor the classes you take and your degree program to meet your career goals, making the whole process so much easier. The easiest way to determine what forensic scientist career you are the most suited to and interested in is to sit down and do some simple research.

Research online or at your local library to learn more about the forensic science field as a whole and about the many different career options within it. When you come across a job that is of interest to you, take the time to study that one in more depth, paying careful attention to your daily work responsibilities and to the type of training and qualifications you should have to ensure ultimate success in that career. The more you research and learn, the more fully and adequately you can prepare yourself for the job of your choice.

A good forensic scientist program, in addition to being offered by an accredited college or university, will have you take basic classes in forensic science. In fact, your first year or so of study will likely need to be centered around just learning the definition of the field, the different research and analysis methods used in it, and other common facts.

After that, though, a good program will switch to more specialized course work that is based around the job that you are preparing to have. You should also attend classes that have some kind of experiential learning aspect attached to them.

Remember that if you choose the wrong major, either through inadequate preparation or just by discovering later down the road that you would prefer to do something else in the field, you don’t usually have to start over from scratch. There are lots of great certification and training programs that can help to add to the knowledge you already possess with more specifically career related knowledge.

Plus, you can always get on the job training once you are hired. So, be as prepared as you possibly can, but also be open to the fact that expectations don’t always line up with reality.