Do you have a passion for science and a desire to find truth and seek justice in legal proceedings?
Then a career as a forensic scientist may be for you!
What Do Forensic Scientists Do?
Forensic scientists, sometimes called criminalists or crime scene investigators, do many important tasks, which may include:
✔️ Collecting evidence, which may include weapons, fingerprints, bodily fluids, or digital data.
🔎 Analyzing physical and digital evidence collected from a crime scene.
⚖️ Providing expert testimony before and during trials.
📷 Photographing or making sketches of the crime scene and evidence.
📋 Accurately documenting findings of investigations.
What types of crimes or incidents might a forensic scientist investigate?
How Do I Become A Forensic Scientist?
You will need:
A bachelor's degree in science.
An advanced degree or specialized training (Masters, Ph.D.) for some jobs in the field.
Good speaking skills, as you may be called on to testify in court.
Excellent note-taking and observation skills.
The ability to write a scientific report.
The ability to remain unbiased and maintain personal and professional integrity.
How Much Does A Forensic Scientist Earn?
Average pay in the US:
$62,570/year or $31.29/hour
Average pay in Canada:
C$63,100/year or $31.55/hour