So You Want to Be a Forensic Psychologist?

A forensic psychologist studies the criminal mind–but unlike the TV show, they don’t often get into shootouts with serial killers. Instead, they work with law enforcement in prisons and other settings to interview and evaluate criminals in the context of the legal system. For example, a forensic psychologist might determine if a person is mentally fit to stand trial.

An initial degree in forensic psychology can take anywhere from two to six years. However, you’ll also need to pursue a master’s degree and then a doctorate level degree, requiring up to 10 more years of education! However, it’s worthwhile to note that online psychology degrees–especially for undergraduate level courses–are just as good as classroom education.