Forensic Scientist

By: Olivia Michels, Hour 3


"I didn't invent forensic science and medicine. I was just one of the first person to realize how interesting it is."

-Patricia Cornwell

Basic Information About Forensic Scientists

  • Forensic Scientists tend to make between $32,200 and $85,210.
  • They study the evidence that is found at a crime scene.
  • Most weeks they work for 40 hours.
  • Often, they on-call and sometimes have to work nights and weekends.
  • Many of them work in laboratories and on crime scenes.
  • When they Recieve the evidence, they run many different tests and oftenly test DNA.
  • They work with police officers and other people employed by the Police Department.
  • It is expected that there will be a demand for these jobs by 2020.
  • Forensic Scientists can be employed by either the Police Department or a private company.
  • Their main goal is always to somehow connect the suspect to the victim.

Pros and Cons of This Career


  • You can earn lots of money in this career which is a good thing because you can afford to buy a house and pay bills.
  • You help to find criminals, which can help to keep the world safer.
  • If you choose to work in a laboratory to study the evidence, you are less likely to be in danger than someone who works on a crime scene.


  • You work 40 hours a week and that can start to be very tiring because you work about 8 hours a day.
  • You can work on a crime scene which can sometimes be dangerous depending on the type of case you are working on.
  • No two cases are alike, so it can be very difficult to figure out clues to solve the case.

What do I need to do in High School and College to become a Forensic Scientist?

High School - To become a forensic scientist, in high school it is reccomended that you take the following classes; Anatomy & Physiology to study the human body and how it works, Chemistry to study how certain chemicals react, and Physics to study how to use certain medicines to treat different problems. Some classes that you can take in high school that don't involve science are, Public Speaking to help you to communicate with police officers and other forensic scientists; another class that is reccomended that you take is Technical Writing so you can learn how to write down your findings in laboratory and on the crime scene.

College - In college you need to get a bachelor's degree in Chemistry, Biology, Physics, or Forensic Technology to become a Forensic Scientist. Also, some majors or degrees that you could earn to become a Forensic Scientist are; Biochemistry, Biophysics, Forensic Science, or in Criminalistics and Criminal Science.

Colleges You Can Attend To Recieve a Degree in This Career

Associations/Professional Organizations In This Career

American Society of Forensic Science

- Bradford J. Wing

- (202) 203-9202


- Las Vegas, Nevada

American Board of Criminalistics

- Chris E. Taylor

- 941-729-9050


- Palmetto, Florida

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Have you ever wanted to help find criminals without constantly being in danger? Do you like solving problems? If you answered yes to either of those questions, then a job as a Forensic Scientist might be the job for you. As a Forensic Scientist you get to go to the scene of a crime and looks for clues such as DNA left behind at a crime scene. Or if you don't want to go to the scene of a crime, you can work in a lab and study the findings from the crime scene. If you choose to go to the crime scene, there is a possibility that you will be on-call most of the time (nights and weekends included). If you choose to work in a lab then you will tend to work 40-hours a week. You can also earn lots of money from the career, for an experienced worker, you can earn $73,860. There is a growing demand for people in this profession in Milwaukee and Chicago. Your main goal in this job is always to help link the suspect to the victim. If you are interested in becoming a Forensic Scientist, call 1-800-forensic.


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