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Forensic Scientist

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Role Description

Forensic scientists conduct various tests and research on the samples they collect from crime scenes, accident sites etc., like fingerprints, hair, body fluids and other DNA samples. They use scientific methods like mass spectroscopy or chromatography for testing and record their results and findings.


This role is law related, thus will require you to attend court to provide impartial and objective scientific evidence in cases studied. Some roles may require high IT and programming knowledge in order to develop new software or recover data from phones or computers.

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Starting salary £20,000 to £25,000
Senior position £35,000 to £50,000+

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Usually 9am to 5pm, with some overtime needed depending on the case.

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With new technology advancements made each year, forensic science is a growing sector where much more can be discovered with each case, especially comparing with previous decades.

Skills Valued by Employers

  • Great attention to details
  • Great analytical and problem-solving skills
  • Ability to remain calm in stressful situations
  • Being able to work under pressure
  • Ability to use and learn new computer software packages
  • Some legal knowledge and interest and willingness to expand law knowledge
  • Excellent communication skills, verbal and written
  • Ability to work independently and as a team


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