Career outlook for forensic scientist
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Currently employed in Scotland
What's it like?
You would help to solve crimes by finding evidence that links a suspect to a crime scene.
You’d obtain and analyse evidence from a variety of sources - including blood and other body fluids, hairs, textile fibres, glass fragments and tyre marks - using forensic techniques and scientific principles.
You might go to crime scenes, which may be unpleasant, and methodically examine them to collect potential evidence. It’s very important to objectively analyse all the traces of physical evidence and prepare them for use in court cases.
Depending on your specialism, you could:
- Identify blood groups and do DNA profiling
- Analyse fluid and tissue samples for traces of drugs and poisons
- Identify, compare and match various materials
- Examine splash patterns and the distribution of particles
- Analyse handwriting, signatures, ink and paper
- Provide expert advice on explosives, firearms and ballistics
- Recovering data from computers, mobile phones and other electronic equipment
- Attending crime scenes, such as a murder or fire
- Giving impartial scientific evidence in court
You’d also do research and develop new technologies for forensic analysis. You might supervise assistant forensic scientists in the laboratory.
It's a high-pressure job with urgent deadlines and the requirement to justify your findings.
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