What does a Forensic Scientist do?

A forensic scientist is responsible for testing all of the evidence found at a crime scene. They are responsible for ensuring that all of the tests are performed ethically and correctly. A few of the main duties of a forensic scientist are obtaining evidence at the crime scene, creating reports of the findings, analyzing the evidence in the lab, and testifying in court. They also have to report the findings of the analysis to superiors. Some of the jobs titles that a forensic scientist could grow into are lab manager and detective.

A forensic scientist should have two years of experience in a laboratory setting as well as a Bachelor's degree in forensic science. One of the most important skills that a forensic scientist will have is attention to detail. Another skill is objectivity as the forensic scientist will have to be able to run the tests without any bias.

  • Gather evidence from the crime scene
  • Testify in court
  • Create reports based on the lab results
  • Verify the lab results
  • Stay objective when running lab tests
  • Run lab tests to find if the evidence is relevant or not
  • Find electronic data and analyze it
  • Ensure that the tests are done in a timely fashion
  • Bachelor's degree in forensics science
  • Excellent attention to detail
  • Ability to work under pressure
  • Ability to stay objective
  • Knowledge of the appropriate tests to run
  • Ability to work long hours
  • Excellent problem solving abilities
  • Great analytical thinking ability
  • Ability to deal with emotional situations

Average Years of Experience

0 - 1
2 - 4
5 - 7

Common Skill Sets

Incident Response
Report Writing
Operating Systems
Written Communication

Forensic Scientist Seniority Levels

Formulation Scientist
11% made the transition
Materials Scientist
4% made the transition
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Forensic Scientist Salaries

Average Base Pay

$60,021 /yr
Same as national average
Not including cash compensation
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Median: $60K
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