Forensic Scientist & Technician/PSU
Investigating, Analyzing, Testifying
The Forensic Field
Training and Skills
Penn State University: Requirements, Entertainment, and Education
-On the job with an experienced colleague in DNA analysis, tracing evidence, drug analysis, latent fingerprints, toxicology, firearms, writing reports, and courtroom testimonies.
What sort of skills do you need?
-Working well with peers, having good organizational techniques, good critical thinking skills, an eye for details, and speaking/writing skills are important for this position.
What all is involved in this career?
-Crime scene investigation, analyzing and collecting evidence, testifying in court.
What is the job outlook and salary?
-Job outlook is expected to increase by 6% over the next five years.
-Minimum salary is $54,360. Maximum is $93,940.
Why do you want to go into this career?
-Always been interested in crime, murders, and all the bits and pieces in between.
What does a day in the life of this career look like?
-Visiting crime scenes, collecting and cataloguing evidence, photographing/sketching, reconstructing crime scenes, examining/testing/analyzing substances and items, meeting with experts, writing and presenting summaries, and finally testifying in the courtroom the evidence.
What are the requirements for getting into PSU?
-4 English credits, 3 social studies credits, 3 science credits, 3 math credits including geometry and algebra, and preferred 2 language credits.
Why am I considering this college?
-My father went there back in his years, and he really enjoyed it. He wanted at least one of his children to go there and I've always wanted to, so I am the chosen child. I went to a Penn State vs. Michigan game and watched the Blue Band and instantly I was inspired to be a part of it.
Location and Motto?
University Park, Pennsylvania. "Making life better."