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what education would i need to become a forensic analyst?

i've researched it but every source ranges so much.. so does anyone from experience know if i would need a science based degree? or is it okay with something like criminal justice, criminology, psychology, etc but with ALSO having training or a certificate in forensics??

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  • MS
    Lv 7
    1 month ago

    A "forensic analyst" is generally one who analyzes the collected evidence.  These people usually have degrees in chemistry or sometimes biology, and many times a master's degree is necessary to work at major crime labs.  

    Some schools do now offer degrees in forensic science, which focus primarily on chemistry, but also include some courses in criminal justice, legal issues, psychology, etc.  

    If you want to be a crime scene investigator, then you usually need a degree in criminal justice, criminology, or something similar.  Again, some schools offer degrees or programs of emphasis specifically in the area of crime scene investigation.  The degree required would depend on what the particular agency you hope to work for requires, and this can vary from place to place. 

  • Anonymous
    1 month ago

    That would depend on what you want to analyze. There are forensic analysts in almost every profession, including most of the sciences. Basically, you need to be an expert in your field before you can test to qualify as a forensic analyst in your field, if there is an existing certification test in that field.

  • Anonymous
    1 month ago

    You need to start at the target and work backwards.

    Start with the employers in the jobs you want. Ask them. Contact people working in that field, and ask for 15 minutes of their time.

    Do NOT do a degree first, and ask what qualification u need later, as many fools do.

  • Anonymous
    1 month ago

    of course you would need a Science based degree. none of what you have mentioned will be any good. A certificate is hopeless, you need years at a University. This is a highly specialised career.

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