Get Hired! 10 Ways to Start a Forensic Career

Learn how these simple steps will help you get started in a forensic career and help create your professional profile.
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  • Lectures 27
  • Length 1 hour
  • Skill Level Beginner Level
  • Languages English
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Published 4/2014 English

Course Description

Are you ready to start your forensic career? Not sure how to get started? Are you a recent graduate with a degree in Criminal Justice/Criminology/Administration of Justice? Are you looking to start a new career? If so, then this is the course for YOU!

Learn the 10 steps needed to set yourself apart when applying for forensic positions. Learn how to network with forensic professionals, how to enhance your college degree and how the forensic related shows, such as Bones, CSI, and NCIS, help you learn forensic terminology, vocabulary, and the scientific process.

This one hour introductory course includes downloadable resources that will help start your forensic career and is delivered in short concise presentations outlining each step.

I'm positive these tips will help you get started networking with forensic professionals who can help you build your forensic contact portfolio.


Added new lectures about the CSI Effect (found in Lecture 6) and a new forensic career path, Veterinary Forensics (found in Lecture 11).

What are the requirements?

  • Computer
  • Printer
  • Desire to learn career tips
  • Interest in Forensic Career

What am I going to get from this course?

  • By the end of this course, you will know the steps needed to start your forensic career
  • Learn the importance of having a mobile resume
  • Develop a plan starting your forensic career
  • Learn why it's important to watch forensic type television shows
  • Know the type of information needed for forensic job interviews
  • Learn what forensic textbooks you should read
  • Develop a list of forensic resources needed to expand your forensic terminology

Who is the target audience?

  • Those who have a college degree in Criminal Justice/Criminology/Administration of Justice, current college students, and college bound students who have a basic knowledge of forensic science and want to learn what specific steps are needed to start a forensic job search.
  • Parents of high school/college students may wish to use this course as a "guide" to help their chidlren navigate toward a forensic position.
  • For those looking to start a new career or lateral into a forensic position, this course provides tips as to how to get started in networking with forensic professionals.

What you get with this course?

Not for you? No problem.
30 day money back guarantee.

Forever yours.
Lifetime access.

Learn on the go.
Desktop, iOS and Android.

Get rewarded.
Certificate of completion.


Section 1: Welcome

Welcome Note to Students. Brief description of Forensic Training Unlimited and how we can help you achieve your forensic goals.


Audio describing why this course is important to you! Let's Get Going!

Section 2: Introduction

Instructor brief bio and her interests!

1 page

Definition of Forensic Science and some examples of forensic specialties.

Section 3: Get "Exposed"

Why it's important to watch and learn from CSI shows!

3 pages

In criminal law, the term “CSI Effect” commonly refers to the perceived impact the CSI television show has on juror expectation and unexpected jury verdicts. This article coins a new phrase, “CSI Infection,” by focusing on the significant legal impact that the fear of “CSI Infected Jurors” has made upon the criminal justice system. The CSI Infection is the ubiquitous “It” factor that scholars cannot conclusively prove nor effectively explain away; however, practitioners overwhelmingly confirm the CSI Effect’s impact on criminal jury trials. The CSI Effect’s existence, the CSI Effect’s true or perceived impact on acquittals and convictions, and how to define the CSI Effect, permeates criminal trials. For example, litigators base their motions on the CSI Effect and build their trial strategies around the CSI Effect, transforming the legal arguments of trial lawyers on both sides of a case. Specifically, voir dire questions, jury instructions, as well as opening statements and closing arguments have been modified and correspondingly challenged on appeal – all because of the CSI Effect.

Section 4: Start Reading

Why reading is important in getting your forensic career started.


List of forensic reading material

Section 5: Get Educated

How to enhance your college degree!


Suggested College Courses

Section 6: Backup Plan

Develop a backup plan to gain employment skills while in school or while you are applying for forensic positions.

Section 7: Volunteer

Volunteering Equals Experience


List of Places to Volunteer

Section 8: Resume

You NEED a resume!


Think outside the norm (resume tips)

Section 9: Professional Forensic Oranizations

Professional Forensic Organizations

1 page

List of Professional Forensic Associations. This is a brief list and there are many more!

Section 10: Networking

Networking is a must to get to your goals!

2 pages

Newtworking Tips

Section 11: Get Trained!

Forensic Courses


List of other training resources.

Section 12: Be Determined and Stay Focused

Forensic Job Market

Stay Positive
Section 13: How to Connect

Thank YOU!



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Instructor Biography

Terri Armenta, Online Instructor, Career Specialist, Educator, and Mentor.

Your Success is My Goal. I've been teaching for over 15 years, specifically in Forensic Science, Criminal Investigations, Criminal Justice courses, as well as being a career mentor. During this time I've been an adjunct professor for several local colleges, a guest lecturer for a major organization, and have had the pleasure of teaching students of various ages and backgrounds.

What Do You Want to Learn?

Would you like to learn how to start a forensic career?

Are you wondering how to investigate a crime scene?

Wondering how to start networking with (forensic) professionals?

Looking for ways in how to market your resume?

Wondering how to create and develop a professional portfolio?

Looking for courses to help you train in becoming a forensic professional?

As a credentialed teacher, I've had my students investigate mock crime scenes, created a hands-on forensic training curriculum for both high school and college students, introduced forensic techniques via hands-on training laboratory activities, facilitated career seminars, and sponsored student involvement in professional workshops.

In addition, I created a niche of providing guidance to students by developing on-site career training courses, providing guides of how students can market their resumes and find internships, advising students the pros/cons of social media in marketing their career, and teaching the #1 secret to getting noticed on LinkedIn (believe it or not, many students still don't use LinkedIn for career creation or career advancement).

Several years ago, I realized the need of continued training for students interested in starting a career in forensic science, thus I founded Forensic Training Unlimited LLC (FTU), which is located in Southern California. FTU offers hands-on training, workshops, seminars, and online training courses specifically designed for students who want a career as a forensic professional. Currently, many of my former students are now working as Crime Scene Investigators, Death Investigators, Private Investigator, Forensic Nurses, Forensic Technicians, Autopsy Attendants, Fingerprint Specialists, and in various law enforcement positions.

I have several POST (Peace Officers Standards of Training) certificates, have trained with the Los Angeles County Coroner, Orange County (CA) Sheriff Department, and hold professional memberships in Southern California Association of Fingerprint Officers, International Association for Identification, Latino Peace Officers Association, and the California State Division of the International Association of Identification. Lastly, I have a MS in Forensic Investigations.

I am passionate about bringing students closer to their forensic career goals and I'm proud to be considered a career mentor to students--of any age.

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