What to expect from a Forensics career
Forensics is a growing field that demands highly trained specialists to conduct both field investigations and lab work. Forensic biotechnologists use cutting-edge technology to collect and analyze forensic and DNA data. They work in a variety of industries, from law enforcement and medical services to research and pharmaceuticals. Ontario college forensics programs provide students with the problem-solving and technical skills to work in this challenging field.
If you love science and are interested in a forensics career, here’s what you need to know.
Forensics programs at Ontario colleges consist of courses that mix theory and practical lab applications to give students a thorough understanding of the forensic process, DNA analysis and the reporting process. Students will learn to use a wide variety of lab equipment and techniques to conduct research and examine specimens.
Courses in biology and chemistry give students the scientific foundation for biotechnology, while others have a specialized focus on forensics. These courses include:
- Data management
- DNA profiling methods
Some programs offer internships, which gives students the opportunity to apply their new knowledge and technical skills in a lab setting. Work placements and internships are a good way for students to gain real-world experience and network with other professionals in the field.
General Forensics Program Requirements
Ontario college forensics programs require an Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) or equivalent, including grade 11 and 12 English, math and science credits.
Forensics Jobs and Salaries
Graduates of forensic programs will find positions as DNA analysts and technologists, forensic analysts, evidence technicians, lab technicians and more. These opportunities can be found in numerous industries, including (but not limited to):
- Law enforcement
- Pharmaceutical (research and development)
The average starting salary for technologists and technicians in this field is between $30,000 and $40,000.
Ontario Colleges Offering Forensics Programs
Use the left-column navigation to refine your search by College, Program Availability, Program Start Date and more, or see the table below for a complete list of forensics programs at Ontario colleges.