Forensic Engineers

Engineers are problem solvers who use the principles of mathematics and science to plan, design, and create ways to make things work better. Engineers are needed in every field imaginable. In fact, more than 25 engineering disciplines are recognized by professional engineering societies. Forensic engineers are specialized engineers who study materials, devices, structures, and products that do not work as they were designed to or fail to work completely. They also provide written or oral testimony regarding their findings or educated opinions in legal proceedings. Forensic engineers have backgrounds in many different engineering disciplines. There are more than 1.5 million engineers employed in the United States; but only a small percentage specialize in forensic engineering.

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Quick Facts
Alternate Title(s) Traffic Accident Investigators
Duties Study materials, devices, structures, and products that do not work as they were designed to or fail to work completely; provide written or oral testimony in legal proceedings
Salary Range $25,000 to $100,000+
Work Environment Indoors/Outdoors
Best Geographical Location(s) Opportunities are available throughout the country
Minimum Education Level
  • Bachelor's Degree
  • Master's Degree
School Subjects
  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Computer Science
Experience Two to three years' experience in civil, mechanical, or another engineer specialty
Personality Traits
  • Creative
  • Curious
  • Problem-Solving
  • Interpersonal
  • Math
  • Scientific
Certification or Licensing Recommended
Special Requirements None
Employment Prospects Good
Advancement Prospects Good
Outlook About as Fast as the Average
Career Ladder
  • Engineering Team Manager, or Project Supervisor, or Business Executive, or College Professor
  • Forensic Engineer
  • Engineer

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