What Can I Do With This Major?
The goal of the Pace University Forensic Science program is to produce quality students. Upon completion of the BS or MS program, students will have all of the required coursework to begin actively working in a forensic lab.
Locally, there are many opportunities right here in New York City. The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) uses Manhattan as the home for its Northeast Regional Laboratory. The DEA employs forensic chemists that specialize in the identification of drugs.
The New York City Police Department (NYPD) forensic laboratory is in Jamaica, Queens and employs criminalists for: drug identification, fingerprints, arson, and trace evidence.
Located in Manhattan, the Office of Chief Medical Examiner (OCME) employs criminalists in their toxicology laboratory and in their forensic biology laboratory. Currently, the forensic biology laboratory is the largest DNA lab in the country. Last year OCME’s forensic biology lab did three times as many analysis as the FBI’s DNA lab. Construction is already underway for the new forensic biology building which will be a 13 story building housing over 500 employees and taking forensic science to new levels.
For forensic science opportunities throughout the U.S., check out the following sites:
- American Academy of Forensic Sciences - Job Opportunity List
- American Society of Crime Laboratory Directors - Job Opportunities
- The Forensic Science Society - Job Search and Situations Vacant
- The International Association of Identification - Job Listings
- The Northeastern Association of Forensic Scientists - Employment Opportunities