Forensic Serology

Madison Scheurich

Job Description

Forensic Serology is the analysis of body fluids as the relate to forensic cases, including DNA analysis. They examine evidence for the presence of body fluids such as blood, semen, hair, tissue, saliva, feces, or urine. They also evaluate evidence for potential DNA analysis. They spend most of their time in a crime lab, though some may occasionally visit crime scenes to collect evidence.

Schooling

At least an undergraduate degree in biology is needed, preferably with additional coursework in math and criminal investigation. Advanced degrees in biology, or in forensic science or criminal justice may be required by some law enforcement agencies. Internships are not required, but they offer hands-on experience which can improve employment prospects and prepare students for full-time work. Forensic Serologists can earn certification in forensic investigation or biology, though is isn't required by most employers

Salary

As an entry level serologist you may be labeled as a forensic serology technician with a salary of about $37,000. Recognized practitioners in the field can expect to earn $50,000 to $60,000.
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Pros & Cons

Pros - They make a high yearly salary and spend most of their time in a crime lab.


Cons - It requires more than two years of schooling and they have to work with multiple bodily fluids.