Is Forensic Science a Good Career Option in South Africa?

Is forensic science a good career option in South Africa? We think so. If you enjoy science and finding the missing piece of the puzzle, you could do great in this career.

Have you found yourself asking the question, “is forensic science a good career option in South Africa?”. That’s understandable. This career is both interesting and challenging. So if you’re passionate about solving crimes and have a love for science, this field is calling your name.

Is Forensic Science a Good Career Option in South Africa?

South Africa has a very high crime rate. This means that the demand for professionals to help solve these crimes is high too. And when combined with all the advances being made in science, it makes forensic science a good career option in South Africa. There are also many different types of forensics. So if you’d like, your career can continue to grow and change throughout the years.  

How do I Become a Forensic Scientist in South Africa?

Our country offers many ways to work in the field of forensics. You first need to decide what type of forensics job you want to pursue. From forensic biology to forensic psychology, the options are yours. Here’s how you can get your career started:

School Subjects

To be good at forensics, you should preferably have studied Life Sciences, pure Maths, and Physical Science in high school. This is because the field combines all three subjects to investigate crimes. 

Tertiary Studies

If you’ve completed matric, you have to study a Bachelor of Science (Bsc) degree at a university, and then complete a postgraduate qualification in Forensics. There are only a few institutions that offer this, so make sure to do good research. You can also do a National Certificate (NQF Level 5) in Forensics

Work Experience

If you have work experience in fields such as biology, pathology, chemistry or even psychology, you can do an accredited forensic science course. This will take your career to the next level as you gain new crime-solving skills. You’ll use the knowledge from your previous qualification and apply it to forensics. 

Our Courses

Our Forensic Science Courses don’t require matric. These are provider programmes, meaning that you learn practical skills to add to your CV. This course will not qualify you to become a forensic scientist, but is rather a great add-on if you work in a related field, like policing. It’s also perfect if you are looking to learn more about the field before pursuing full-time studies.

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