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What Can I Do with A Major in Forensic Investigation?

Criminal Justice offers students a comprehensive and dynamic understanding of crime, justice, punishment and corrections, policing, and the legal system within the context of a liberal arts education. Forensic investigation refers to the use of science by law enforcement officers in the detection and proof of criminality.

Top NACE* Employability Skills of focus in this degree program

  • Critical Thinking and Problem Solving
  • Oral and Written Communications
  • Teamwork and Collaboration
  • Information Technology Application
  • Leadership
  • Professionalism and Work Ethic
  • Career Management

Local Job Statistics

According to the 2015 Occupational Employment Statistics from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the state of Ohio employs 6,630 people in forensic science-related positions (private detectives/investigators, fire inspectors, forensic science technicians, and judges/hearing officers), not including over 24,000 police and sheriff's patrol officers. The Occupational Outlook Handbook forecasts national job growth for forensic science technicians of 27 percent for the period 2014-2024.

Graduates with this degree are qualified for careers such as:

  • Crime Lab/Scene Technician
  • Crime Scene Photographer
  • Medical Examiner and Investigator
  • Latent Print Examiner/Trainee
  • Detective/Investigator
  • Fire Inspector
  • Forensic Science Technician
  • Police Officer
  • Property and Evidence Personnel
  • Graduate Degree pursuit in related areas