Forensic scientist job

Those who are forensic scientists are professionals who specialize and work in criminal investigation. Forensic scientists usually work closely with law enforcement and will find and uncover evidence for criminal cases. They will take their findings and work in a laboratory setting where they will analyze their findings and record their theories, findings, and results.
Those who wish to pursue a career in forensic science will need at least a bachelor’s degree in forensic science or natural science. There are some employers who will require potential employees to have a master’s degree as well. For certain areas such as ballistics and DNA analysis, a master’s degree is beneficial. Students who are majoring in forensic science are also required to intern and complete a certain amount of hours in a lab setting. It is also important that students have a passion and strong understanding of certain subjects such as biochemistry, mathematics, chemistry, and even criminal justice.
Some paths as a forensic scientist may also require special certification and licensing. It is not required for all positions but the certification can bring more job prospects. Again for those who are interested in pursuing a specialized area of forensic science should make sure they cover all ground and see if they are required to have a certification as well.
Since forensic scientist work on criminal cases and gather evidence at the crime scene, they are required to have a relationship with law enforcement. Sometimes they must also speak in court about their findings. It is vital that they understand court procedures and also have strong oral and written comprehension skills. When they are not needed in the courtroom, forensic scientists are found in the lab gathering and reviewing data.
Forensic scientist must be extremely organized as well. They must document everything they find, test, and analyze. Keeping accurate reports and being organized is crucial especially when it comes to the evidence. Those who are not detailed-oriented will not be the right fit for the job since there will be many hours needed to document all results and data. It is also important that the scientist be unbiased and not their feelings get in the way of a case or of the evidence. Personal integrity plays a large role with this career choice as there may be cases where the evidence is not enough to convict a criminal.
The field of forensic science is wide, but when it comes to a forensic scientist they have a particular role to fulfill. This is an ideal career for those who enjoy criminal justice and has a passion for science.
Sources:
1. http://aafs.org/students/student-career/how-do-i-become-forensic-scientist
2. http://www.onetonline.org/link/summary/19-4092.00

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