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Job Description

Forensic Scientist will work with the police to help solve crimes, they may be asked to give impartial scientific evidence in a court of law. They will collect samples such as body fluids, hair, fibres, or fragments from a crime scene and take them for analysis which may help in identifying a suspect or victim or provide other valuable information to help solve the crime.

Entry Requirements

You’ll usually need a degree or postgraduate award in forensic science. You may also be able to get into this career with a science-based degree like chemistry, biology, life sciences, applied sciences or medical sciences.

If you want to specialise in electronic casework (recovering data from computers, mobile phones and other electronic equipment), you may need experience and qualifications in computing, electrical engineering, electronics or physics.

To start as a forensics lab support assistant, you’ll need A levels, a BTEC or an HND in science. 

The Chartered Society of Forensic Sciences (CSFS) has more information about careers in forensic science.

Career Path and Progression

With experience, you could move into management and direct other forensics staff as a forensics manager or casework examiner. 

You could also work as a reporting scientist, acting as an expert witness in court.

Related careers you may be interested in:

  • Anatomical pathology technician
  • Biologist
  • Chemist
  • Criminal intelligence analyst
  • Fingerprint officer

National Government Policy states that all students should have achieved at least a Grade 4 or C Grade in English & Maths at GCSE.  Achieving this minimum grade in these subjects will increase the opportunities open to you, support your future career development and prospects.

Students who do not meet this standard will be supported to continue to study English and Maths through full-time education or an Apprenticeship.

Required Skills

  • An excellent analytical and enquiring mind
  • Attention to detail
  • A logical and methodical approach
  • Excellent communication skills
  • The ability to work as part of a team which could consist of scientists and police
  • The ability to work under pressure to meet deadlines.

Starting Salary

£20,000 to £45,000

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