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Forensic Scientist

Qualifications

If you want to score a job right out of school, it helps to have at least two years of specialized training or associate degrees in some kind of science-related technology. The more professionally ambitious aspiring forensic scientists should get bachelor's degrees in chemistry, biology, or forensic science. Two-year programs combine theory and practice: coursework and lab training.

In addition to book learning, it's also important to be a competent communicator for those many days in court testifying about evidence. Keep working to develop your eagle eye for detail (remember those hair fibers?) and knack for interpreting scientific evidence.