Amber Marshall Collegiate Learning
April 5, 2010 Mrs. Hluzsko
Career Planning Goals
Science is the study of evidence discovered at the crime of a scene which is used in a court of law. A forensic scientist usually works as a crime scene investigator. Their duties are to collect enough evidence at a scene of a crime, which they will analyze in a laboratory and come up with clues on how this particular situation may have occurred. To become a forensic scientist, a combination of teaching on scientific principles and hands on projects are needed. In forensics, strong communication skills, organizational ability and an eye for detail and a skill for interpreting scientific results are strongly qualified in order to reach the highest levels of fulfilling this goal.
Forensics is a very hands on job that consist of a lot of laboratorial time. They study the messy details of a crime in which they identify criminals and analyze evidence against them. For example, Police may submit clothing in to see whether they have any human remains and the forensic scientist job would to be to analyze the clothing to see if any blood spots, hair or any other human like traits were left on this specific clothing in order for them to find out who was last wearing these items. Before a forensic scientist can be able to analyze evidence, they have to take up a reasonable amount of_ _science such as chemistry and biology, and are able to use their math problem solving methods to be able to understand the real ground work. Math such as geometry and trigonometry help these scientists to evaluate critical evidence. As stated by Dr. David Pettebone from the Guru Catalog, “Forensic Science is used help solve crimes and recreate the courses of events in accidents, collect data, and identify the criminals.” Their education consists of a B.s, which is basically a chemistry or biology degree. Once you have a reached the degree level, you are required to apply for a forensic lab jobs. Many Forensic Scientist who achieve the academic criteria’s move on to obtaining a Masters degree and or Doctorial degree. Pettabone also states “when receiving the Masters or Doctorial degree, it allows them to work in a specialized area to develop new techniques within a specific aspect of forensics, such as blood splatters, ballistics and decompositions.” According to the book Opportunities in Forensic science careers, by Blythe Camenson, on Page 18 he explains the different ways these experts study the evidence such as studying the scene of the crime and gathering information.
The field of Forensics, salaries that are given to the scientist are varied depending on the state and whether if the job is given by the government. The beginning salary for a forensic scientist starts $49,000 a year. According to the, a senior forensic scientist can make around $60,000 a year. Once you have reached the level as an executive-level Forensic Scientist in a federal agency your income can increase up to $90,000 annually, according to the BLS (Bureau of Labor Statistics). Camenson states on pg 10 that forensic experts that have an impressive credential and many years of working experience can command more substantially to more money.Not only do these forensic scientists make a suitable amount as a salary but they are offered wonderful benefits. These benefits that are received are dental, health and retirement pensions. Forensic scientist that’s work full-time are offered a 40l k benefits and sick leave. They are also given a vacation time which is usually determined by the length of time that, that individual has been a part of the group or organization. The usual working condition of the scientist would be spent in a laboratory analyze physical evidence and coming up with clues. They are required to work a 40 hours a week, but when working a specific deadline and other amounts of caseloads, they may require overtime.
In order to become a successful forensic scientist, strong communication skills are needed. In the Book Data Analysis in Forensic, Alex Beidermanexplains the attitudes and the skill that are suitable in this type of field. “In a organization or group such as forensic you have to maintain an organizational ability, and an eye for detail and skill in interpreting scientific results Beiderman pg 324. Once a Forensic expert is able to have this specific drive, investigation and analyzing clue evidence will help them to come up with different strategies in order to figure out the type of crime
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