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Forensic Chemistry

What can I do with this Discipline/major?

Common Career Titles for Forensic Chemistry from the Occupational Outlook Handbook:
Biochemists and Biophysicists
Chemists and Materials Scientists
Forensic Science Technician
Medical Scientists
Police and Detectives
Private Detectives and Investigators

Other Job Titles:
Crime Lab Analyst
Crime Scene Investigator
DNA Analyst
Forensic Scientist
Forensic Serologist
Pathologist
Research Technician
Toxicologist


Additional Resources – Careers in Forensic Chemistry

Vault Downloadable Guides

  • Career Launcher: Law Enforcement and Public Safety

Follow these instructions to download the guides listed above:

  1. Log in to Vault.com (The first time you log in, you will need to follow the "New to Vault?" instructions. You must use your TU email address to create an account.)
  2. Click on the "Guides" tab on the far right
  3. Click on "All Guides (A to Z)" and scroll through the list to find the title you want.
  4. Click the "View Guide" button to access the guide



Internships and Research Opportunities

Getting applied experience in your field is critical. The following resources will allow you to learn more about your department’s opportunities and process, as well introduce you to other major-specific internship posting resources.

TU Forensic Chemistry Internship Coordinator: Professor Mark Profili

Research/Internship Opportunities:

Careers and Jobs

The resources below are a starting point for your job search. In addition to making use of the Internet to do research, we encourage you to talk to people in the fields you are interested in (don’t forget to use TU’s Career Mentor Database) to learn more about specific opportunities and organizations.

Sample Resumes

The sample resumes are provided for your information. We encourage you to look at the resume sample for your major in addition to the other samples that are included in our resume sample database.

Below are sample interview questions for your field. In preparing for the interview, you’ll also want to review common interview questions for all candidates, thoroughly research the organization, dress professionally, and visit the Interview Skills section of the Career Center’s Web site. You can practice your interview skills online via Big Interview or schedule a mock interview with a Career Center staff member.

  • To you, what is forensic chemistry all about?
  • What is the most challenging thing about being a forensic chemist?
  • What experiences helped develop your interest in pursuing a career in the environmental field?
  • What relevant forensic chemistry experience do you have?
  • Describe a situation in which you had to collect and analyze information.
  • When given an important assignment, how do you approach it?
  • Aside from classroom texts and experience, what journals or professional articles are you currently reading for professional development?
  • Give us an example of when you used good judgment and logic to solve a problem.
  • Please discuss your familiarity with lab techniques/instrumentation from lab courses or internships (i.e., aseptic technique, cell culture, running of various types of assays, PCR, gel electrophoresis, Western Blotting, DNA/RNA extraction or purification, HPLC, GC/MS, UV-Vis).

Professional Associations

Professional associations offer many benefits to students, often including reduced-price membership, mentorship programs, “careers in…” information, job and internship listings, field-related conferences and publications, and much more. Be sure to check out sections on the associations’ websites related to students, education, careers, etc.

 

 

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Learn more about careers in forensic chemistry by visiting the career resource library.



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