They analyse samples taken from crime scenes using special scientific equipment. These samples could be bodily fluids, clothes, broken glass from the crimes scene, foot prints, etc.
Whatever information they find from analysing these samples needs to be recorded. Even the smallest detail.
- Forensic Scientists also have to work hand in hand with law officials, be it the police or the court of law. The findings from the evidence items can be used in court.
Sometimes, they can be called in to justify and explain what they found in front of the court.
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What Are Forensic Scientists?
Forensic Scientists are criminal investigators. Except, they use science to solve whatever cases they are dealing with. They will go to a crime scene to collect evidence or use the evidence collected by the police. Using chemistry, they evaluate the physical evidence collected as well as biological evidence like blood.
Forensic Scientists work hand in hand with the police department as well as other medical professionals such as general doctors and pathologists.
Types Of Forensic Scientists
Forensic science can be divided into three sections. There is chemistry, biology and drugs and toxicology. Chemistry mainly focuses on crimes done against properties like vandalism, burglary or arson (burning down a house with an intent to cause harm). The biology aspect is mainly about crimes committed against people like murder, rape or physical harm. With drugs and toxicology, the main focus is about the misuse of drugs, whether illegal or not. It is also focused on testing for poisons and other toxic substances.
Forensic Scientists Duties
So, what exactly do Forensic Scientists do? The work of Forensic Scientists consists of unending wonders. They are like the magicians and heroes the world didn’t know it needs! Below are some of the duties only a Forensic Scientists can do:
- Analysis of samples: they analyse samples taken from crime scenes using special scientific equipment. These samples could be bodily fluids, clothes, broken glass from the crimes scene, foot prints, etc
- Record Keeping: Whatever information they find from analysing these samples needs to be recorded. Even the smallest detail.
- Coordinate with law officials: Forensic Scientists also have to work hand in hand with law officials, be it the police or the court of law. The findings from the evidence items can be used in court.
- Justify the evidence in the court of law: Sometimes, they can be called in to justify and explain what they found in front of the court.
Benefits of Being A Forensic Scientist
This profession comes with its own fair share of amazing benefits! Though the work may be stressful sometimes, what with having to be in crime scenes, the end results are far more satisfying. Let’s have a look at these benefits.
According to SalaryExpert, Forensic Scientists with no experience to 3 years of experience can earn up to R24 524 a month. And then, once they have gained more experience, like 8 years and more worth of experience, they can earn up to R43 000 monthly. This shows that this is a very respectable profession!
Variety of Career Options
Not only will you be earning a handsome salary, you will be spoiled for choice in career options.This field is not limited to one thing only. You could choose to work only in biology forensics, specialising in crimes caused to people. Or, you could focus on the drugs and toxicology side of things. The choice is yours!
One overlooked aspect when choosing a career is whether or not it will be fulfilling to you as a person. Well, you do not have to worry about that when it comes to this career choice. You will be doing the kind of work that can mean life or death to someone else. Helping solve crimes that otherwise could not have been solved and giving someone the justice they deserve in the process. This can bring out immense amounts of satisfaction.
How Do I Become a Forensic Scientist
Becoming a forensic scientist requires you hold a scientific degree. This could be a Forensic Science degree or a degree in Biology. If you are not sure if this career is something you want and don’t want to commit to a 4 year degree yet, you have other options. You can look at taking a short course in Forensic Science with Skills Academy. You will have a basic understanding of what this field is about and be able to decide if it is yours. It will only take you up to 18 months to complete. On completion, you will receive a certificate. With this certificate, you can be able to look for a job as a forensic scientist assistant and gain hands-on experience!
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Author: Ncebakazi Stoto
Last Updated: May 7, 2020