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.

What responsibilities are common for Forensic Scientist jobs?
  • 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
What are the typical qualifications for Forensic Scientist jobs?
  • 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
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Forensic Scientist Salaries

Average Base Pay

₹29,495 /month
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Forensic Scientist

Years of Experience Distribution

0 - 1
6%
2 - 4
72%
5 - 7
12%
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DONANDONAN
Associate Forensic Engineer
12 Aug 2021

“It is a great company that gives you a lot of freedom in your schedule.”

Ministry of Home AffairsMinistry of Home Affairs
Digital Forensic Expert L-1
3 Dec 2021

“best place to work and for research”

Pelorus TechnologiesPelorus Technologies
Digital Forensic Analyst
2 May 2022

“This leads to good experience and career growth opportunities.”

OHCHROHCHR
Forensic Scientist
8 Jul 2021

“Good compensation for traveling and relocations.”

DeloitteDeloitte
Forensic Intern
28 Sept 2022

“Intern pay is not competitive”

Adli Tıp Kurumu
Forensic Autopsy Technician
19 Dec 2020

“Everything is beautiful so nice”

South African Police ServiceSouth African Police Service
Forensic Analyst
20 Jan 2023

“Good career in forensic division”

Amazon Lab126Amazon Lab126
Forensic Scientist
11 Nov 2021

“My salary is pretty good”

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