Where do Forensic Science Majors Find Jobs?

A forensic scientist usually works in a laboratory setting analyzing particular types of evidence, writing reports and testifying in court as an expert witness. In some cases, forensic scientists may attend crime or other incident scenes to help reconstruct the crime or help in the recognition, collection, and preservation of evidence within their specialty. For example, a forensic chemist may be asked to help in the processing of a clandestine drug laboratory. A trace evidence examiner may be asked to collect hairs and fibers and other traces from a homicide scene. Usually the crime scene component of a forensic scientist's job is a relatively minor part of the duties.

Many forensic scientists work in forensic science (crime) laboratories. In the United States, there are more than 4000 crime laboratories administered by the federal, state, or local governments or private industry. Most crime laboratories employ scientists in the areas of forensic chemistry (drugs, toxicology, trace evidence, explosives, fires, etc.), forensic biology (mainly DNA and body fluids and tissues), and criminalistics (fingerprints, questioned documents, firearms, and toolmarks).

Below is a sampling of places our undergraduate students are currently employed:

  • AIT Laboratories
  • Anheuser Busch Brewery (Missouri)
  • Belize National Forensic Science Service (Belize)
  • Bismarck Crime Laboratory (North Dakota)
  • Buchi Laboratory Equipment (North Carolina)
  • Carrollton Police Department (Kentucky)
  • Colorcon
  • Covance Laboratories
  • Deaconess Health System
  • Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA, Maryland)
  • Dupage County Forensic Science Center (Illinois)
  • Eli Lilly and Company
  • Florida Department of Law Enforcement (Florida)
  • Fort Wayne Police Department
  • Hartland Bakeries
  • Indiana State Department of Toxicology
  • Indiana State Police Forensic Laboratory
  • Indianapolis-Marion County Forensic Services Agency
  • Kelly Scientific Resources
  • Lancaster Laboratories
  • Marion County Forensic Services
  • Miami Valley Regional Crime Laboratory (Ohio)
  • Mid America Clinical Laboratories
  • Quintiles Laboratories
  • Raabe Company (Wisconsin)
  • Sacramento County District Attorney’s Office (California)
  • St. Charles County Sheriff's Department (Missouri)
  • St. Vincent Health
  • Strand Analytical Laboratories
  • United Water
  • University of Miami Miller School of Medicine (Florida)
  • Van Nuys Medical Science Center
  • Wishard Health Services

Below is a sampling of places our undergraduate students have attended graduate school:

  • Drexel University: Physician’s Assistant School
  • Indiana University: Law School
  • IUPUI: MS in Forensic Science
  • Marian University College of Osteopathic Medicine
  • Michigan State University
  • University of Tennessee: Ph.D. in Chemistry
  • University of Central Florida: Ph.D. in Chemistry

Below is a sampling of places our graduate students are currently employed:

  • AIT Laboratories
  • Bulter University
  • ChemaTox Laboratory, Inc. (Colorado)
  • Elmhurst College (Illinois)
  • Ideal Innovations, Inc. (Afghanistan)
  • Indiana State Police Forensic Laboratory
  • Microbac Laboratory Services