Careers in Science: An Interview with Forensics Technician Jason Birchfield

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This column shares interviews with professionals using science in the workplace. In this month’s issue learn how Jason Birchfield became interested in forensics and how he's a working example of why science is for everyone.

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  • on Wed Mar 28, 2012 9:41 AM

This brief article gives an a quick picture of why a man became a forensics analyst for a police department. It tells courses he took, education required, and what he does in his job.

Betty Paulsell  (Kansas City, MO)
Betty Paulsell (Kansas City, MO)

  • on Fri Oct 14, 2011 4:32 PM

This article was written when the TV series CSI was just beginning and people were just becoming aware of and interested in this field. Jason Birchfield studied criminal science in college and at the time of this article he was a forensic supervisor for the Baltimore County Police Department Crime Scene Unit. As a Forensic Science Technician (FST) his job pretty much mirrors what is seen on the TV now with perhaps less glamour than one sees on TV. From his experience he points out that more cases are solved through latent prints.

Adah  (San Antonio, TX)
Adah (San Antonio, TX)

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