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Forensic Psychology Career Guide


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This slideshow overviews careers in forensic psychology with a bachelor's degree and with an advanced degree. Check out Florida Tech's BA in Applied Psychology with a Concentration in Forensic Psychology here:

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Forensic Psychology Career Guide

  1. 1. Bachelor’s Degree Forensic Psychology Careers There are many career paths for people who study forensic psychology, including the following occupations.
  2. 2. Detective A detective is a specialist law enforcement officer who investigates the facts after a crime has been committed. These professionals should be prepared to interview people, investigate evidence and provide expert testimony during trial as necessary.
  3. 3. Child Custody Worker A child custody worker usually assesses whether parents are able to care for their children. They might be required to provide expert testimony in court.
  4. 4. Correctional Officer A correctional officer with a forensic psychology background can help inmates improve their quality of life, as well as deal with large groups of people in challenging situations.
  5. 5. Probation Officer After someone commits a crime and is released from jail or prison, he or she may be ordered by the court to meet regularly with a probation officer for monitoring and to receive counseling. A probation officer must believe that everyone deserves a second chance.
  6. 6. Psychological Assistant A PhD or PsyD is required to become a licensed psychologist, but these professionals often require help from psychological assistants to do research, perform experiments and work with clients.
  7. 7. Advanced Degree Forensic Psychology Careers The following occupations may require more advanced degrees, but a bachelor’s in forensic psychology is a good starting point for these career paths.
  8. 8. Trial Consultant A trial consultant works with attorneys before a trial begins to develop defense or prosecution strategies. The consultant may help the lawyers with topics like jury selection and evidence presentation.
  9. 9. Expert Witness An expert witness takes the stand during a trial and provides testimony related to the case. This testimony is most usually about an individual’s mental state and capabilities. An expert witness should be prepared to answer questions posed by both the prosecution and the defense.
  10. 10. Researcher A researcher collects, analyzes and reports information that is helpful to others in the forensic psychology field. Researchers may conduct tests to designed to discover trends or validate previous studies.