Forensic Scientist

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What is a Forensic scientist ?

Forensic scientists gather and analyze physical evidence in a crime scene. They utilizes DNA to find connecting evidence. They are either specialize in crime scene investigations or laboratory analysis.

* Level of Education *

A bachelors degree in biology, genetics, or biochemistry. Some higher working levels of Forensic Scientists requires a masters degree. Also, you need some work and some courses in statistics, population genetics and crime detection and investigation.

Salary :

Entry Salary - $30,000 to $50,000 per year

Experienced Salary - $45,000 to $80,000 per year

Job Duties :

Collect and analyze samples of tissue, blood, urine, saliva, feces, or other materials. They extract the DNA from the samples to find evidence for the crime. They keep detailed records and reports on their findings.
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Arkansas State Crime Lab, Little Rock

Salary: $37,332.00 - $62,616.00 per year

Job Duties/Description : Design and conduct analytical tests, that consist of chemistry (Controlled Substances, Trace Evidence and Toxicology), biology (DNA, CODIS, and Serology), digital evidence, latent print , and firearms/toolmarks on evidence from crime scenes.

Requires : a bachelor's degree in a natural science; plus three years of experience in a forensic laboratory

Virginia Dept of Forensic Science, Richmond

Salary: $50,139 - $83,880 / per year

Jod Duties/Description : Identify blood and other body fluids, DNA and STR analysis and comparisons of genetic material on criminal evidence using state-of-the-art analytical methodologies, techniques, and instrumentation.

Requires : B.A./B.S. (Bachelor of Arts/ Bachelor of Science) degree in biology, chemistry, forensic science, or related scientific field. College courses and semester hours in genetics, biochemistry, and molecular biology (molecular genetics or recombinant DNA technology) and course work and/or training in statistics and population genetics.