Information on required qualifications, education and training for careers in forensic science can be found from:
- The National Institute of Justice Special Report Education and Training in Forensic Science: A Guide for Forensic Science Laboratories, Educational Institutions, and Students.
- The Choosing a Career section of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences website provides information about the different types of forensic scientists, salaries, and educational requirements.
- The U.S. Department of Labor resource, Occupational Outlook Handbook: Forensic Science Technicians.
You may also be interested in viewing A Simplified Guide to Forensic Science, a website created by the National Forensic Science Technology Center. This website covers the core concepts, capabilities and limitations of key forensic science disciplines.
Information about forensic computer investigations can be found on the Digital Evidence and Forensics section of the National Institute of Justice site. This page contains general information about the topic and also provides access to publications and guides that have been developed for those involved in such investigations.
Information on the use of DNA to solve property crimes can be found in the National Institute of Justice (NIJ)-sponsored publication, The DNA Field Experiment: Cost-Effectiveness Analysis of the Use of DNA in the Investigation of High-Volume Crimes; in the NIJ Journal article, DNA Solves Property Crimes (But Are We Ready for That?); and the DNA Field Experiment section of the CrimeSolutions website.
Visit the Using DNA to Solve Property Crimes section of the NIJ site for additional information.
Crime Scene Investigation: A Guide for Law Enforcement Training, a publication from the National Forensic Science Technology Center was developed by crime scene experts and provides a comprehensive, step-by-step guide that leads law enforcement through the crucial, first phase of the justice process. Additional resources are available on the Crime Scene Investigation: Guides for Law Enforcement section of the National Institute of Justice website.
Information on Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner (SANE) certification is available on the SANE Certification Central section of the International Association of Forensic Nurses website.
Information on the use of DNA to exonerate inmates postconviction can be found on the Wrongful Convictions and the Exonerations Resulting from NIJ Postconviction DNA Testing Funding sections of the National Institute of Justice website.
Through grant funding, the Office of Justice Programs has provided millions of dollars to state and local forensic science laboratories to increase casework capacity, reduce backlogs, and improve quality. For example, grants obtained through the Postconviction Testing of DNA Evidence program can be used to help defray the costs associated with postconviction DNA testing for violent felony offenses in which actual innocence might be demonstrated.
Information on the use of DNA to solve cold cases can be found in the following National Institute of Justice (NIJ) articles and resources:
- National Best Practices for Implementing and Sustaining a Cold Case Investigation Unit
- Solving Cold Cases with DNA: The Boston Strangler Case
- Using DNA to Solve Cold Cases: Special Report
Also watch the following NIJ videos:
- The Impact of National Institute of Justice's Solving Cold Cases with DNA Program
- The Importance and Impact of Cold Case Units
Additionally, with funding from the Bureau of Justice Assistance, the National Sexual Assault Kit Initiative Training and Technical Assistance Program has produced the following materials:
The Online Training Courses listed on the National Institute of Justice (NIJ) website are free of charge.
See the Events section of the NIJ website to learn more about the online trainings and to view information about additional training opportunities that are available concerning the collection and use of DNA evidence.
Resources on the use of DNA identification in mass fatality incidents are available in the National Institute of Justice (NIJ) publications, Lessons Learned From 9/11: DNA Identification in Mass Fatality Incidents and Mass Fatality Incidents: A Guide for Human Forensic Identification. Additional information on DNA is available on Forensic DNA section of the NIJ website.