Jessalyn Johnson is a senior at Grand Canyon University, completing the final year of her BA in English Literature. Originally from Melbourne, FL, Jessalyn has come to enjoy living in the desert of Arizona. Since freshman year she has occupied several different positions on the editorial board of GCU’s literary review, StartleBloom, which is approaching its third volume. In her free time, Jessalyn enjoys creative writing, photography, writing music and participating in the plays and musicals put on by GCU’s Ethington Theatre.
With a forensic science bachelor degree, the possibilities are endless! When it comes to choosing your career, there are many potential paths you can take. Here are just some of the many careers you can pursue as a forensic science major:
Ballistics experts examine bullet fragments and track them back to specific firearms. This helps to determine the weapon used in a crime, as well as the possible suspect and how the crime was committed. This increases accuracy in determining the outcome of an incident and who is responsible.
DNA analysts examine the truth behind crimes. They are trained to use up-to-date technologies and methods to analyze and configure DNA samples. This allows them to accurately identify those present at the scene of the crime they are studying.
Digital investigators work behind the scenes, looking for digital footprints a culprit may have left behind in order to get to the bottom of an investigation. This career is becoming more relevant as technology continues to grow and advance. Digital investigators are able to uncover wiped data from electronic devices, as well as discover the whereabouts of potential suspects. Those who work in digital investigation usually hold positions at law enforcement agencies or under contract.
A forensic science technician does a select handful of things to assist in an investigation. They help with crime scene investigation, evidence collection and data analysis. Oftentimes, these individuals are referred to as crime scene investigators and work in a lab or at crime scenes. In this role, it is important to have a strong eye for detail, as even the smallest piece of information can lead to an answer. This job might be best suited for someone who is detail-oriented and enjoys being directly involved with investigations or discovery scenarios.
Grand Canyon University’s College of Science, Engineering and Technology offers a wide variety of degree programs in STEM fields. To learn more about earning an education from GCU, visit our website or request more information using the button at the top of this page.
Written by Jessalyn Johnson, a sophomore majoring in English and professional writing at GCU.