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How do I get into Forensic Accounting?

Hello. I am looking for some advice with respect to pivoting my career slightly. My first degree was in criminology and later I got an accounting degree. I am a CPA and a CGMA and was in audit at a Big Four firm for 4 years before leaving to go to industry which I have been in for 1.5 years. I am now realizing that I miss public accounting but I would like to get into the forensic side of things now in an effort to merge my two degrees. I have thought about taking the CFE exam while I am not working public accounting hours but I am unsure if that is the right approach.

I am also wondering if this move would mean I would need to completely start over or if I would be able to jump in at a senior associate level (which is where I was when I left) even though I don't have the forensic experience at this point. Any thoughts would be greatly appreciated!

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Anonymous
(TTI Holdings Inc) |

I am also curious to hear about professionals getting started in this specialty. I have passed the CFF Exam, and need to secure a position to get the experience required to claim the credential.
On the one hand, statistics show fraud is ever increasing, so litigation support and fraud investigation are growing fields. But I have also heard that public accounting firms definitely can't survive on this type of work, so I am unsure of the current demand (and pay level) for these skills, if one isn't already an established professional.

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