The world of forensic science is certainly well known to network TV watchers with the many programs dedicated to this exciting field. The result is that interest in becoming a forensic scientist has boomed in recent years and now with schools offering these programs the interest level is growing even higher.
The University of Toronto at Mississauga has the oldest forensic science program in the country. Covering a number of different fields including psychology, chemistry, biology and anthropology, this program has developed over the years to encompass different sciences and fields to create some of the best rounded educations in terms of forensic science.
The forensic science program out of the University of Toronto has helped generate more interest in this field to younger students. At Cederbrae Collegiate Institute for example, students in 9th grade and younger are engaging in forensic science studies built around the concept of crime scene investigation. With the support of the University of Toronto, they are learning about how science is applied to the world of law enforcement at a very early age.
What is a Forensic Scientist?
Basically, a forensic scientist is part of a team that investigates crime. They gather documents, analyzing physical evidence from crime scenes, including blood and hair samples along with fingerprints, bullet matching technique and so forth. Often called a crime scene investigator, they use established scientific methods and principles to help solve crimes.
There are currently over 13,000 forensic scientists in the US alone, working mostly for state and local institutions such as police departments, crime laboratories, morgues, and coroner offices. However, the field is rapidly growing thanks to the emphasis on evidence more law enforcement agencies are using to convict criminals.
Getting a degree in forensic science requires earning a bachelor’s degree in biology, chemistry or forensic science with additional training depending on the assignments that they want to handle. A forensic twist on a popular degree like nursing for example can lead to a healthy career in this remarkable field.
The Outlook for Forensic Science
The demand for forensic scientists is expected to grow over the next decade as more law enforcement agencies across North America expand this particular area. Even with wide interest so far, the combination of retiring scientists along with expanding law enforcement means that there will be plenty of opportunities for forensic scientists in the foreseeable future.
From becoming police officers to extensive on-the-job training that requires apprenticeships and the like to learn all aspects of what forensic science is all about. By encouraging younger children into learning about the exciting world of forensic science, it opens up their minds to all types of science fields. This means that while many students will not pursue this type of degree, they may become interested in other fields of science which they may have never considered before.
As odd as it seems, popular television programs that deal in crime scene investigation has spawned a resurgence of interest in science-related fields in which young people have shown a keen interest.
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