Becoming a Forensic Chemist

Getting an education is important for just about anyone and any job that you may apply for. If you are applying for any jobs that have to do with chemistry, most of them will require that you have at least a bachelors degree in that field. Lately it has become easier than ever to get your degree online, making it possible for more and more to get a college education.

One job that may interest you is forensic chemist. Forensic chemistry is the application of the analysis of different chemicals and elements from crime scenes to help solve the crime. You will need to have knowledge of several different disciplines; chemistry, biology, genetics, and how to analyze evidence found at the scene of the crime, victim or even suspect. This is a very important job within the forensic field. Without a forensic chemist, it would be difficult to do dirt analysis, investigations that in involve poison, and many other analyses for crime solving.

Many believe that not only would you need a degree in chemistry but you would also need good public speaking skills. If you are influential in helping solve a crime, and it goes to court, you may be called to testify and defend your scientific findings. People who are very technical and like problem solving would probably enjoy forensic chemistry.

For most places, they require a person to have an undergraduate and graduate degree in forensic science with an emphasis in chemistry, or a degree in chemistry with a forensic minor or double major. Depending on what all you would like to work with (dirt, glass, hair, DNA, or toxicology) you may need to take different courses in biology, geology, physiology or biochemistry.

For those who are interested in forensics and forensic chemistry, you will want to keep up with the changes in technology and develop the skills need for the new technologies. Keeping up to date with technology ensures that the results you are getting are accurate. Using inaccurate results in false imprisonment and false arrest, as well as knocks down your credibility.

To get an edge on the competition, you can look to see when a forensic chemist will be testifying in court and attend so you can learn about that aspect of the job. For the technical side of the job, most labs do not have internships, but may allow volunteers to help in the lab. Make sure that you are capable of problem solving and public speaking.

Getting your degree in chemistry can help you get closer to your goal of becoming a forensic chemist. It doesn’t matter if you have a full time job or are fresh out of high school, getting your degree has become easier than ever. There are so many different programs online that help you get your degree or certification. Many of those programs allow you to learn at your own pace and earn your degree on your time. Look online to find a college degree program that will help you get to your career goal.