Career In Forensic Science

A Career In Forensic Science deals with the use of science for the purposes of the law. When crime happens, the police or the enforcement officer will collect all the physical evidence and get the help of the forensic scientists to perform scientific analysis in the laboratory. The findings will be used as evidence to arrest and prosecute the accused in court.

As seen in movies on crime stories, forensic scientist many times are needed in court to provide and explain the evidence of the findings. Therefore forensic science form an intergral part of the justice and regulatory system. The advancement of science has enabled many crime cases to be solved faster and than in the past.

There are many field of specialisation that one may want to venture into. Criminalistics use the techniques of physical and natural science to investigate the physical evidence and compile the information for court use. Odontology or forensic dentistry involves the knowledge of dental science to identify human remains and bites marks.

Physical Anthropology deals with the identification of mutilated remains of human bodies killed in a disaster or tragedies. Forensic toxicology helps to find out whether a person's death is caused by a certain chemical or drugs. Forensic Pathology performs autopsy and bodies or tissues to determine the case of the person's death.

Qualification and Nature of Job

  • Pursuing a career in forensic science requires a knowledge of biology, mathematics and chemistry. A bachelor degree in Biology, Chemistry or forensic science is necessary to get you going in this area of work. You can choose to pursue postgraduate studies in forensic science to help you become more competent in solving difficult cases.
  • Analysis of physical evidence receive from police and preparing documents that will be used to convict or free the accused in court. Analysis may include hair, clothing, furniture, carpets and other belongings of the victims and the accused.
  • Toxiologist examine the blood, body fluids and body tissues for the presence of poisons, chemical, alcohol or drugs.
  • Analyze the DNA of the samples to determine the person's genetic code.
  • Tools and firearms identification to determine the weapons used in the crime scene. Fingerprints technology is also used.
  • Use of electronics gadgets to determine whether the accused or witness is telling the truth by examing the blood pressure, pulse rate, breathing and other physical characteristics.


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