Employment and Continuing Education Report

The Forensic & Investigative Sciences program surveys each student that graduated with a FIVS degree every year to track the employment and continuing education of the graduates. Forty-seven percent knowledge rate* was realized from this survey. Students were asked their employment or graduate studies status, and if they were employed or studying “in field” (i.e. within the forensics sciences) or “outside of field” (i.e. in an area not associated with the forensic sciences).


  • A total of 88 students responded to this survey
  • 68% of respondents are currently employed
    • 62% of employed students are working in forensics or an associated** field
    • 36% are employed outside of the forensics field.
  • 1% of respondents are currently unemployed
  • 31% of  students are in graduate school, law school, medical school, or other professional continuing education
    • 69% of these students are studying forensics or an associated field
    • 31% are studying outside of the forensics field

Table 1: Student achievement data over all graduating classes



Table 2: Student achievement data by graduating class year. Percentages are based on the total number of respondents from each graduating class.

Employment  Statistics

Figure 2: Breakdown of employment by subject area.



A&M Forensics and Engineering Inc. Dallas Independent School District McKinney Police Department Texas DPS Crime Laboratory
Americorps Dallas Police Department National Health Services, UK U.S. Customs and Border Protection
Arlington, TX Police Department DuPont Veterinary Center Plano Police Department Unified Metropolitan Forensic Crime Laboratory, Colorado
Baylor Scott and White Everman High School Quest Diagnostics United States Federal Government
Baylor University Fujifilm Diosynth Biotechnologies Republic Spine and Pain of Austin US Air Force
Biofire Gatesville, TX Police Department Salt Lake City Public School District US Army
Boswell High School Harris County Institute of Forensic Sciences St. George’s University US Marine Corps
Brenner Spiller & Archer, LLP H-E-B Pharmacy Steward Healthcare US Navy
College Station Police Department Houston Methodist Tarrant County UT Southwestern Medical Center
Collin County Sheriff’s Office IDEA College Preparatory Taylor Farms Waller ISD
Dallas County Crime Lab Legacy Realty Group Texas A&M University Yes Prep Public Schools District

Graduate Schools

Bush School of Government and Public Service Texas A&M University School of Law
Creighton University Texas State University
Dallas Fort Worth Fire Academy Texas Tech University
John Hopkin’s University University of Alabama
McGovern Medical School University of Colorado
Michigan State University University of Edinburgh, Scotland
Mississippi State University University of North Texas
Sam Houston State University University of Texas Medical Branch
Texas A&M University UTMB School of Nursing
Texas A&M University College of Medicine West Virginia University College of Law


*The term “knowledge rate” define the percent of graduates for which the department has reasonable and verifiable information concerning post-graduation career activities. This information comes directly from the graduate via survey. The department makes good faith efforts to verify the information. The goal is the highest possible rate, but the department strives for a minimum knowledge rate of 65%.  Statistics are updated as students respond. 

**“Associated fields” refers to areas involved in the investigation and prosecution of crimes. Examples include police officers, medical examiners, prosecuting attorneys, defense attorneys, probation officers, expert witnesses, general crime scene analysts, etc.

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