Forensics Engineering Career


Forensic engineers apply engineering expertise and experience to forensic topics. They work typically in civil cases that involve products that fail to meet expectations but may also work with criminal cases. At times, they may be called upon to investigate disputes involving patents and a variety of legal issues.

How to Become a Forensics Engineer

So, how can you become a forensic engineer? If you have a talent for science (especially Biology and Chemistry) and passion for legal justice, forensics engineering will allow you to merger these two into an exciting and rewarding career.  Once you complete your high school education, check with the AAFS to learn the exact educational requirements you need to possess for a specialized field of your interest.  Once you are confident about your choice, find a college or university offering such course. It is recommended that you find an institution with a strong criminal justice program for your course.

There are six common categories of forensic engineering. These are medical examination, crime laboratory analysis, forensics, crime scene examination, technical assistance and academic assistance.

Qualifications: Courses, Training, Certification

Schools, Colleges and Education

There are ten specialty areas recognized by the American Academy of Forensic Science (AAFS) in the forensic engineering. Each of them requires a totally different educational background and applicants must choose their areas of specialty before filing their application to their colleges of choice. These areas include: engineering sciences, criminalistics, general odontology, jurisprudence, pathology, biology, physical anthropology, questioned documents, psychiatry & behavioral science and toxicology.

There are many colleges offering degrees and certificates in forensic engineering. Some of the leading institutions include:

1. Alvernia University — Reading, PA

2. State University of New York — Buffalo, NY

3. Carroll University — Waukesha, WI

4. Cedar Crest College — Allentown, PA

5. Chatham University — Pittsburgh, PA

Job Opportunities, Salaries and Recruitment

Forensic engineers work in a variety of work environments. They work in local police departments, the FBI, state crime laboratories, and private investigation companies. The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) employs forensic engineers as a part of the Disaster Mortuary Operations Team that is sent all over the world to assist in mass disasters and large criminal cases. The job prospect for forensic engineers is good, with demand growing higher every year. Forensic engineers can work for the justice system under defense or as prosecution to give professional testimony in criminal cases. A forensic engineer earns a salary of between $21,000 and $30,000 as a starter but experienced forensic engineers earn up to $76,000 a year.

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