Toxicology is the study of drugs, poisons, and other toxins and the effects that they bring upon a living organism. All chemicals are potentially toxic and any form of it could cause harm to your body if its taken in. Forensic Toxicology is the application of toxicology to legal matters, such as criminal investigations.
Requiremets to become a Forensic Toxicologists.
To become a Forensic Toxicologists you need a bachelor's or master's degree in toxicology, chemistry, biochemistry, biology. Many employers prefer somebody with a doctoral degree. Throughout a forensic Toxicologists career, they enroll in a variety of programs to improve and better their skills, and to keep up with the advancement in their field.
The salaries for a Forensic Toxicologists vary depending on the person. For example, the salary could depend on their education, experience, and the geographic location. If you have a doctors degree, you could start earning from a range of $35,000 to $60,00 annually for entry level. If you have a ten year experience in the field, you could earn from $35,480 ro $106,30.
A Forensic Toxicologists advances in salary and ranking position depending on their job performance. The more experience they become, the greater pay they get and greater responsibilities and more complex assignments. Candidates normally have to find positions with other employers since opportunities are limited.
Forensic Toxicologists can find jobs with crime labs in a law enforcement agency, in a prosecuting attorneys' offices, and in private Forensic Laboratories. There are also other agencies that hire Forensic Toxicologists like Local, State, and federal agencies. People say that opportunities in general for Toxicologists are numerous and will remain that way for upcoming years. Jobs become available when one retires, transfers to another job, or advances to a higher position.
Special SKills/Traits Required
Most employers like to hire candidates who have work experience in the field. Forensic Toxicologists are required to be skillful in excellent writing, communication, interpersonal, and teamwork skills. They are also requires to have Strong Project management. Some personal traits that a Forensic Toxicologist should have are being organized, persistent, flexible, ethical, and trustworthy.
The minimum education requirement to become a Forensic Toxicologist is having a Bachelor's or masters degree in Toxicology, Chemistry, Biology, or any other field related.
- ABT (American Board of Forensic Toxicologists)
- Obtain an internship or a part time job in forensic laboratory.
- Use the internet to learn more about forensic toxicology.
- obtain a professional certification
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