How Do I Become a Forensic Scientist?

You will need:

  • A bachelor’s degree – get a degree in science (chemistry, biology, physics, etc.), but also take courses in math, statistics, and writing skills.
  • An advanced degree – some jobs, such as psychiatrist, anthropologist, or pathologist require advanced degrees and specialized training.
  • Good speaking skills – take public speaking; join the drama club, toastmasters, or the debate team.
  • Good note-taking and observation skills – take laboratory courses.
  • The ability to write an understandable scientific report
  • The ability to be unbiased
  • Intellectual curiosity
  • Personal integrity

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