Virginia Department of Forensic Science
- Where can I get more information about forensic science?
- How do I get a job in forensic science?
- Which schools offer degrees in forensic science?
- How can I get an internship at DFS?
Where can I get more information about forensic science?
Start with the Forensic Science Foundation's on-line Career Brochure.
Next, check your local college library for the following by Richard Saferstein:
- Forensic Science Handbook, Vol. II, Vol. III
How do I get a job in forensic science?
Nearly all forensic science jobs require a bachelor's degree in a biological or physical science. At DFS and other ASCLD/LAB accredited laboratories, fully qualified DNA examiners are required to have graduate level course work in molecular genetics. Our Forensic Toxicologists hold PhD's in chemistry, toxicology or pharmacology. For other specialty areas, advanced degrees are helpful but not required. Many of our examiners have a BS in chemistry or biology and an MS in forensic science.
Trainee positions are not often available. To obtain the requisite experience, it may be necessary to serve an unpaid internship at a forensic laboratory. This is easiest to do while you are a student.
All positions currently available at DFS are listed on our Employment Opportunities page. Our technical positions are also posted to the AAFS Employment Opportunities page and the ASCLD Employment Locator database.
Which schools offer degrees in forensic science?
See the following websites for information:
How can I get an internship at DFS?
Internships are arranged through our Training Section or by contacting our lab directors or section chiefs directly. First priority is given to students in the VCU master's degree program. For more information about internships, email our Central Laboratory Director, or call 804-786-6800.