Forensic DNA Analyst

By Veronica Glover

What is Biotechnology ?

The use of living systems and organisms to develop or make products .

Description Of My Job :

Forensic DNA Analysts are scientists who are responsible for obtaining biological information within the scope of a criminal investigation . Analysts work in forensic crime labs where they conduct tests on samples from crime scenes .

What is My Salary ?

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics , Forensic Technicians earn an annual salary of $51,570 ( 2010 ) .

What Education is Needed ?

Most positions in this field require at least 2 years of full time experience in forensic casework, and many employers require graduate-level coursework in biochemistry, genetics, physics, and criminalistics.

Job Offerings :

NC Department of Justice

What ? Forensic Scientist Associate, Forensic Biology

Where ? State of North Carolina - Wake County, NC

Pay ? • Hiring rate - $ 36,761 • 6 months - 38,125 • 12 months - 39,632

• 18 months - 41,125 • 24 months - 42,667

Job Description ? Bachelor's degree with a major in biology, microbiology, molecular biology, biochemistry, genetics, animal science, zoology, medical technology or closely related curriculum from an appropriately accredited institution including coursework in biochemistry, genetics, molecular biology, statistics and population genetics.

Milwaukee Crime Lab

What ? DNA Analyst

Where ? State of Wisconsin - Wisconsin

Pay ? Starting salary between $17.243 and $28.451 per hour or between $36,003-$59,405 annually.

Job Description ? Ability to assess physical evidence with examination requests and correctly determine the appropriate DNA analysis procedures to apply • Knowledge of the interpretation and comparison of DNA profiles derived from forensic evidence • Efficient time management and organizational skills • Ability to work independently and in a team setting • Strong computer skills