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Careers in Forensics and STEM

ATF offers a wide range of career opportunities in forensics and science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) fields. The main hub of ATF’s scientific research is the National Laboratory Center in Ammendale, Maryland, which includes the Fire Research Laboratory, National Firearms Examiner Academy, and one of ATF’s three forensic science laboratories.

ATF also offers competitive unpaid internships for students interested in law enforcement forensic careers.

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    Fingerprint specialist examines fingerprints on a card

    ATF’s fingerprint specialists conduct forensic examinations of fingerprints collected from crime scenes and analyze them to help generate leads for criminal cases.

    Fingerprint Specialists

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    An examiner analyzes a firearm in the National Laboratory Center in Atlanta.

    ATF’s forensic firearm and toolmark examiners analyze firearms and tools found at crime scenes to help investigators solve criminal cases.

    Firearm and Toolmark Examiners

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    Financial reports on a desk

    ATF’s forensic auditors sift through vast amounts of data and crime scene evidence to identify financial charges, establish financial motives for crimes, and track the proceeds of illicit activities.

    Forensic Auditors

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    A forensic biologist works in the lab

    ATF's forensic biologists use cutting-edge technology to collect biological evidence from crime scenes and conduct DNA analysis to help solve violent crimes involving firearms, explosives or arson.

    Forensic Biologists

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    Two ATF forensic chemists reviewing evidence canisters

    During investigations, ATF forensic chemists collect and process physical evidence to reconstruct crime scenes. They interpret scientific data from post-blast debris, fire debris and trace evidence to identify leads.

    Forensic Chemists

Last Updated: May 16, 2024

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