DNA Analyst

Caleb Leal

Job Description/Duties

DNA analysts work in forensic or health-care settings as their duties largely involve recovering and identifying DNA samples. Many DNA analysts work in police or other law enforcement crime labs using genetic sequencing techniques to identify DNA found in evidence related to crimes.One of the primary responsibilities of a forensic DNA analyst is to match a DNA sample found at a crime scene, such as hair or flakes of skin, with the DNA of a suspect.Also one of the main jobs of DNA analysts working in health care or science environments is to analyze the DNA of an individual patient or a clinical trial participant.In my opinion i would really enjoy being a DNA analyst and have no dislike regrading to this career.

Personal Characteristics Needed

To be successful for a DNA analyst you first got to be okay and have the skills to corrborate with blood period. DNA analysts work in forensic crime labs, where they conduct tests on samples obtained from crime scenes. Many forensic DNA analysts work for local, state, or federal law enforcement or governmental agencies, while others work for privately owned forensic laboratories.I would love to be DNA analyst because of the crimes sense and it's a challange to the mind for solving the criminal investigation.

Education Needed

Required Education

Bachelor's degree in molecular biology genetics, forensic sciences, or related field


Other Requirements

Knowledge of laboratory procedures and equipment; strong verbal and written communication skills



Projected Job Growth (2014-2024)

27% for all forensic science technicians


Average Salary (May 2015)

$60,090 for all forensic science technicians

Wages and Benefits

SALARY RANGE FOR FORENSIC DNA SPECIALIST

DNA analyst salaries can vary quite a bit based on a number of different factors. The 2012 BLS report shows that the median 2012 salary for forensic science techs, including the DNA analyst salary, was $52,480. One must remember that the median salary is the wage where half of the others in the field are making less and half are making more. The lowest 10 percent of forensic science technicians in the U.S. earned as little as $32,300, while those in the highest 10 percent earned as much as $85,210.

Similar Careers

Learn about the education and preparation needed to become a DNA analyst. Get a quick view of the requirements as well as details about degree programs, job duties and licensure to find out if this is the career for you.Individuals interested in biology, genetics and the use of scientific technology may consider a career in DNA analysis. DNA analysts extract DNA from a source, use laboratory tools to validate the DNA and compare the DNA sample to other samples. DNA analysts often provide information that is relevant to testing for genetic disorders and diseases, paternity testing and criminal investigation.

Personal Assessment

Collect, identify, classify, and analyze physical evidence related to criminal investigations. Perform tests on weapons or substances, such as fiber, hair, and tissue to determine significance to investigation. May testify as expert witnesses on evidence or crime laboratory techniques. May serve as specialists in area of expertise, such as ballistics, fingerprinting, handwriting, or biochemistry.At the end I would enjoy the job.

Work setting

Police Department

Final thought

I would love to be a DNA Analyst.The only cons I would have for it is the hours and the payment when you first start working.