Career and Professional Opportunities


Positions around the United States:

FBI Lab positions

Posted with the American Academy of Forensic Sciences

Positions in Alabama and Surrounding States:

Alabama Dept. of Forensic Sciences

Florida Dept. of Law Enforcement Forensic Services

Georgia Bureau of Investigations Division of Forensic Sciences

Mississippi Dept. of Public Safety (navigate menus for openings by type of position)

Tennessee Bureau of Investigation

These are just a few of the employment opportunities that you can explore during your job search.  Every state (and many smaller jurisdictions, such as counties) have forensics divisions with websites that you can find through simple internet searches.  There are also numerous private companies that employ forensic scientists, analysts, and researchers.

Forensic Scientist

Primarily employed in laboratory settings, forensic scientists perform many essential duties related to criminal and scientific investigations.  There are many entry-level opportunities for students who minor in forensic science, especially when paired with a major in Chemistry or Biology. 

Forensic Anthropologist

Forensic anthropologists apply concepts from biological anthropology to assist law enforcement by recovering and analyzing unidentified human skeletal remains for clues to that individual's identity, including sex, age, stature, ancestry, any individualizing characteristics, and cause of death.  To become a forensic anthropologist, you must obtain a Ph.D. in biological or forensic anthropology.  More information can be found at the American Board of Forensic Anthropology website.  

Additional Opportunities:


DNA Analyst

Latent Fingerprint Analyst

Crime Scene Investigator

Firearms Examiner

Document Examiner

Research Analyst/Research Scientist

Forensic Chemist

Forensic Pathologist/Medical Examiner

Forensic Odontologist

Forensic Entomologist