Subspecialties and Career Opportunities for Forensic Psychology Professionals

There are many different subspecialties within forensic psychology, including—but not limited to—the following:

Adult criminal court
Civil court
Correctional psychology
Minors in the legal system
Investigative and police psychology
Military
Terrorism

Given your personal and professional interests, skills, and strengths, you should consider which subspecialty might be your best career match. Also, consider whether you prefer research or applied for work in your chosen subspecialty area, or perhaps a combination of both.

Research opportunities range anywhere from helping improve interrogation techniques to evaluating effectiveness of treatment programs. Applied work involves consultation, expert witness testimony, conducting trainings, and providing other services within corrections or for the court.

To Prepare
Review this week’s Learning Resources related to forensic psychology subspecialties and career opportunities in forensic psychology.
Next, search a government database and/or USAJOBS (https://www.usajobs.gov/) to identify some possible job opportunities.
Note: You will need to seek a job that is a non-clinical psychology position (e.g., program intelligence or operational analysts, corrections, law enforcement, trial consultant, victim specialists, risk or loss prevention, etc.).

Post the following:
Description of one subspecialty of forensic psychology that interests you
Explanation of why this subspecialty of interests you personally and professionally
Description, including the requirements, of three or more job opportunities available in the subspecialty you selected
Explanation of which career, within the subspecialty you selected, most appeals to you and why

Note: Your posts should be substantial (2–4 paragraphs), supported with scholarly evidence from your research and/or the Learning Resources, and properly cited using APA style. Personal anecdotes are acceptable within meaningful responses but cannot stand alone as a response.