What can I do with this discipline/major?
For helpful resources on your career opportunities, explore the “What Can I Do with
This Major” guides for chemistry, criminal justice, and forensic science.
Some common career titles for this major include:
- Biochemists and Biophysicists
- Chemists and Materials Scientists
- Forensic Science Technician
- Medical Scientists
- Police and Detectives
- Private Detectives and Investigator
- Crime Lab Analyst
- Crime Scene Investigator
- DNA Analyst
- Forensic Scientist
- Forensic Serologist
- Research Technician
For additional career information on duties, education and training, pay, and outlook
for hundreds of occupations, visit the Occupational Outlook Handbook.
Careers in Forensic Chemistry
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. For more information, email Professor Mark Profili, forensic chemistry department internship coordinator.
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 Tiger Mentor Network) to learn more about specific opportunities and organizations.
Sample Resumes and Interview Questions
For major specific resume samples, we encourage you to look at the Sample Chemistry Resume (PDF) and Sample Forensic Chemistry Resume (PDF), in addition to our Sample Resume Database.
Below are sample interview questions for your field. In preparing for the interview,
you’ll also want to review common interview questions (PDF) asked of all majors, thoroughly research the organization, dress professionally,
and visit the interview skills section of the Career Center’s website. You can practice your interview skills online
via Big Interview or schedule a mock interview with a Career Center staff member.
Common industry related questions
- 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
- 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 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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