A forensic scientist has to verify all the evidence in a case. They can either help the case or make it worse. Nonetheless, evidence from the forensic scientists are very important. They answer questions like “Is the powder cocaine or not?”, or “Did a defect on the road cause a car crash?” They may even have to testify, to back up their evidence. They can even decide to go to the crime scene itself. Forensic scientists do a lot. They can get back deleted info from a computer, identify an unidentifiable body with their teeth or even maggots that have been eating off their body, and determine the time of death from discoloration of the blood.
- the ability to work alone and in a team
- the ability to meet deadlines and work under pressure
- patience and concentration
- the confidence to justify your findings when challenged
- strong written and spoken communication skills
Degree or postgraduate award in forensic science or degrees related to chemistry, biology or medical sciences. It would also help you to have at least six months of work experience, for example as a medical laboratory technician in a hospital or a research centre.
You should also take classes that involve Criminal Justice since you'll be working closely with criminal investigators and since you'll have to know the law. Also, get comfortable speaking in public places because forensic scientists might have to testify in court so classes like debate or speech could help.
Colleges like A&M, Texas Tech and Baylor University offer excellent programs for this career path.
Not everything is as it seems on TV.
3,000 per month but with experience forensic scientists can earn to 35,000 to 50,000 annually
This is a relatively new career path that will most likely last for a long time since it had just started. It creates a lot of media attention because of shows like Criminal Minds and Law and Order where people generally get the idea of forensic scientists.
Its tough competition to get jobs in forensic science since more and more people are starting to look towards it. Also internships are hard to find
Some people in the forensic science circle like to branch out and become lawyers, police officers, and maybe even FBI agents since this major does touch on those subjects. But more relatable careers are crime scene investigators, forensic biologists, and forensic pathologists.
Why is it interesting?
It involves all the subjects that I am interested in, like medical and law. Forensic science is like in the middle and if I ever think that this job isn't for me, I can branch out to other jobs that are in the same career field easily. Not only that but you can even visit crime scenes and help catch criminals with the evidence you help provide, helping serve justice.