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How to Get Started in Forensic Chemistry Field

I have a background in Medical Technology (about 3 years) and Pharmaceutical Chemistry (about 25 years); and, I have always been interested in the forensic side of laboratory science.  Therefore, I would like find out if a person needs to go through a college forensic chemistry program to get into this field.  Any advice would be most appreciated.

Thank You,

Michele

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How to Get Started in Forensic Chemistry Field

Definitely not.  You will need a bachelors degree of some kind in the sciences.  See the discussion on whether advanced degrees are necessary for more info.

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How to Get Started in Forensic Chemistry Field

It sounds as if you are well qualified.

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How to Get Started in Forensic Chemistry Field

In the research I've done on this subject it is not necessary.  However, a 4 year degree in one of the basic sciences is required (chemistry, biology, etc.).  There are forensics programs, which would likely help in obtaining a job, but most only require a bachelor's degree in a science field.  Most of the forensics jobs are in a field relating to biology, if that helps.

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