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Forensic Experts

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The American Academy of Forensic Sciences, the largest forensic science organization in the world, has more than 6,600 members. Forensic scientists are typically employed by large police departments or state law enforcement agencies nationwide. However, individuals in certain disciplines are often self-employed or work in the private sector. For example, forensic engineers—who use mathematical principles to reconstruct accident scenes, determine the origins of explosions and fires, or review the design of chemical or molecular structures—may be employed by large corporations, small firms, or government agencies. Forensic anthropologists—who identify skeletal remains—may work within a university or college, teaching related courses, conducting research, and consulting on cases submitted by law enforcement agencies. They may also be employed by the military or a medical examiner's office. Many forensic science specialties also offer part-time or consulting opportunities, depending on your level of education and experience.

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