So, recently I began reading the novel Darkly Dreaming Dexter by Jeff Lindsay and its protagonist got me thinking about some career ideas. The main character, Dexter, is a blood splatter pattern analyst. I’ve been intrigued by blood splatter but haven’t had the chance to study it in a course yet (I will this summer in my Crime Scene Investigation course though). But this book made me investigate it a little further.
One thing I learned is that it is one of the few specialties (other than accident reconstruction and ballistics) in forensic science that uses a lot of math and physics. This made me happy to learn because I’ve been struggling with the idea of just giving up my math and physics background for forensic science. But now that I have learned about this career path, I’ve been seriously considering going for it once I graduate.
So I did a little research and in order to become a blood splatter pattern analyst, you’ve got to first start off as a general crime scene investigator. Once you do that, you can begin taking specialized day courses at different police colleges and seminars during the year. Once you go through the courses, you can get your certification (through the IABPA), and then you can work on getting a job as a blood splatter pattern analyst.