forensic scientist

By:Vianna Sebugwawo

Job desciption

They provide impartial scientific evidence for use in courts of law to support the prosecution or defense in a criminal and civil investigation. the daily routine of a forensic scientist is to examine items of evidence submitted to the laboratory for the presence of bodily fluids.
If body fluid stains are noted on the evidence, they perform chemical extraction processes to remove the DNA from the stain.
Once the DNA is removed, additional chemical processes are utilized in specific machines to replicate specific areas of DNA that can help to uniquely identify the source of the body fluid.
A comparison is then made to DNA profiles from any individuals believed to be involved in the crime (suspects and victims). If the DNA profile from the evidence matches a person, and that DNA

Working conditions

  • Most of the work is laboratory-based, but experienced forensic scientists may have to attend crime scenes. The balance of work in the laboratory court and office varies between roles
  • The work may be stressful and distressing at times, particularly when attending scenes of crimes. Considerable responsibility rests on the scientists presenting and defending their evidence in court under cross-examination.

Training/Education Requirements

Entry-level forensic science usually have a bachelor's degree in forensic science is or science a related field, such as biology, chemistry or physics. they must major in major typically includes those basic sciences, plus classes in pharmacology, statistics, computer modeling, biochemistry and criminal justice.

personal characteristics

  • an enquiring mind.
  • a logical and analytical approach.
  • patience and concentration.
  • highly developed observation and scientific skills.
  • objectivity and personal integrity.
  • a high degree of accuracy and attention to deta

earnings / job oul

Those with previous laboratory experience earn significantly more, up to $3,000 per month. Salaries vary from state to state; but with experience, forensic scientists may eventually earn annual salaries between $35,000 and $50,000.

education spotlight

RCADIA UNIVERSITY

Conditional Accreditation for the Master of Science in Forensic Science Degree

ALBANY STATE UNIVERSITY

Full Accreditation for the Bachelor of Science in Forensic Science Degree

CALIFORNIA STATE UNIVERSITY, LOS ANGELES

Full Accreditation for the Master of Science in Criminalistics Degree