Wide Range of Career Choices
Those who earn the Master of Science Degree in Forensic Science and Law can enter exciting careers in the FBI, the ATF, the Treasury Department or the Armed Forces. They may find employment in federal, state and local government, forensic laboratories, toxicology laboratories, the offices of medical examiners/coroners, hospitals, universities or police departments. The diverse roles of the forensic scientist range from crime scene investigator to laboratory technologist to independent consultant.
Career Services Center
The Duquesne University Career Services Center plays a key role in providing essential support to the Forensic Science and Law program. Internships have been performed at the following sites: Allegheny County Medical Examiner’s Office, Allegheny County Mobile Crime Unit, Allegheny County Forensic Laboratory Division, Cybergenetics, RJ Lee Group, Erie County Department of Health Medical Examiner’s Office, SciTech Initiative at the Carnegie Science Center, Allegheny County Public Defenders Office, Brook’s Army Medical Hospital in San Antonio, TX, University Of Pittsburgh Medical Centers Clinical Genomics Facility, National Audubon Society, Bexar County Criminal Investigations Laboratory in San Antonio, TX, and the Law Firm of Bartel, Rudolf, and Associates.
In addition to internships, the Career Services Center sponsors Career Fairs each semester for students to meet with prospective employers. Assistance is provided to Forensic Science and Law Majors for resume and cover lettering writing within the FORE 522 Quality Assurance and Laboratory Administration Management course. In addition, Mock Interviews preparing graduates for the employment process in the forensic science field are sponsored by Career Services as a mandatory component to the FORE 522 course.
USA Jobs – current job listings for the United States Federal Government
Additional Forensic Science Websites
American Academy of Forensic Sciences
A professional society dedicated for over 50 years to the application of science to the law. The AAFS publishes the Journal of Forensic Sciences. The Resources section includes forensic science programs at Universities and Colleges worldwide, information on forensic sciences as a career (an excellent overview of the various subspecialties in forensic sciences), and links to forensic science organizations and publications.
American Society of Crime Laboratory Directors
The American Society of Crime Laboratory Directors (ASCLD) is a nonprofit professional society formed in 1974 devoted to the improvement of crime laboratory operations through sound management practices. In the Forensic Links section are links arranged into three categories: Forensic related links, Advocacy related links and Safety related links. The Forensic Students section has an overview of what is needed to become a forensic scientists as well as information on the career itself (how much do they make, the type of work environment). For the practicing forensic scientist, the Employment section lists current job postings.
Canadian Society of Forensic Science
The Canadian Society of Forensic Science (CSFS) is a non-profit professional organization incorporated to maintain professional standards, and to promote the study and enhance the stature of forensic science. The CSFS publishes the Canadian Society of Forensic Science Journal. The STR DNA Data link is particularly interesting as it leads to the Population Studies Data Centre, which provides raw DNA data and frequency tables by ethnic groups from the Royal Canadian Mo unted Police and the Centre of Forensic Sciences in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.
Criminal Justice Programs
Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI)
The FBI web site provides access to thousands of pages of frequently requested FBI documents (case files) through the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) Electronic Reading Room. Documents are accessible through an alphabetical index and crime type categories.
"Since its founding in 1908, the FBI has been involved in many famous cases. The Office of Public and Congressional Affairs (OPCA) has prepared monographs on some of the most frequently requested, closed investigations." The monographs, arranged alphabetically and by crime, "should be considered to be overviews rather than exhaustive treatments."
The web site is home to three publications of the FBI: Forensic Science Communications (the journal of the FBI Laboratory), the FBI Law Enforcement Bulletin and the Handbook of Forensic Services.
The Forensic Science Society
Founded in 1959, this British multidisciplinary society is dedicated to the application of science to the cause of justice. The Forensic Science Society publishes the journal Science & Justice. The Web Links section allows you to search the Forensic Science Society's WebLinks Database by keyword to find links. In the Bibliography section is a keyword searchable index to articles in the Journal of the Forensic Science Society and Science & Justice.
International Association for Identification
The International Association for Identification was incorporated in 1919. The Association publishes the Journal of Forensic Identification. The Links section lists a hodgepodge of identification links. The Job Listings section contains current job ads. (Pennsylvania Division)
Midwestern Association of Forensic Scientists
The purpose of MAFS is to encourage the exchange of ideas and information within the forensic sciences by improving contacts between people and laboratories engaged in forensic science. MAFS supports and stimulates research and development of new and/or improved techniques, and works to promote the improvement of professional expertise of persons working in the field of forensic science through education, scientific seminars and research grants.
National Institute of Justice (NIJ)
"NIJ is the research, development, and evaluation agency of the U.S. Department of Justice. NIJ provides objective, independent, non-partisan, evidence-based knowledge and tools to meet the challenges of crime and justice, particularly at the State and local levels." The NIJ publishes many of its reports fulltext online. Follow the Publications link on the lefthand menu bar to access these publications. NIJ also produces the National Criminal Justice Reference Service (NCJRS) Abstracts Database, an index to more than 170,000 criminal justice publications.