“I constantly remind people that crime isn’t solved by technology; it’s solved by people.” – Patricia Cornwell, crime writer.
Do you love trying to decide who the murderer is, or fancy yourself as a detective? Finding out more about a career in forensic science could be just your thing.
Forensic scientists provide scientific evidence to use in court. You might be responsible for analysing samples, sorting through evidence and liaising with police. You might also be called to court to present your findings.
Solving crimes may not be as glamorous as our favourite TV shows make it look, but it’s an important job that can really make a difference.
How is a real life forensic science career different to crime shows?
- The majority of cases will not be murders, but that doesn’t make good TV.
- Test results don’t come back in a few hours; in reality results could take up to 4-6 weeks.
- Cases are not always solved quickly and can take months or even years.
Why build a career in forensic science?
- No two days are the same – you could be in the lab, in court or visiting crime scenes.
- The satisfaction of solving your case.
- You get to explore your interest in science every day.
Are you cut out for a career in forensic science? You should be:
- Logical and analytical.
- Able to concentrate under pressure.
- Focused, with attention to detail.
- Able to work alone or in a team.
Does that sound like you?
If being a forensic scientist would be your dream job, then start working towards your goal. The best way to explore your options in this field is to do your research. Our introductory course will give you an overview of working in forensic science. Get a taster and go on to further study at degree level, or find work as a lab support assistant.