How exciting is it to be a forensic scientist?

In modern day, with criminals being more sophisticated and smarter, fighting with crime is almost impossible without forensic experts. Producing evidence and being one step ahead of the smart criminals is definitely a challenging job.

Forensics are thus the brains behind all the courtroom drama.

Popular stereotype about forensics is that these are the people who collect samples and analyse the same in lab. However, there is lot more than this for you. Let us take a look at how exciting it is to work in this field of science.

Playing with data to track criminal:

Technology is taking over almost every field in the world, and Forensic science is no exception. Computer forensic expert is that ‘nerd’ you see in crime movies who hunts down on digital footprints of the criminal.

Mobile phones, surveillance video, digital devices, computers and messages are the prime sources for computer forensics.

Increasing number of cyber police stations in the world has triggered the demand for forensic scientist specialising in this area of work.

Replaying the crime scene for officers:

Officially known as Criminalistic, this person has important job to collect all possible clue related to crime and generate proper timeline.

Accurate sequence of events may help in unveiling the mystery and missing links of a crime scene. Criminalistic’s inputs are also helpful in court to explain prosecutor’s version of the story.

Being a Toxicologists:

These are basically the people who get access to victim’s body at a crime scne and any organic material related to crime.

These talented toxicologist collects blood, nails, hair and all other samples. They try to give more clarity about potential suspect by running tests like DNA screening etc.,

Further, with the use of performance enhancing drug in competitive sports at national and international levels, toxicologists are in great demand among various sporting bodies across the globe to screen athletes for doping and keeping the sporting events clean and real.

Toxicologists make use of high performance analytical methods to detect presence of such banned substances in atheletes.

What’s an Engineering expert in Forensic Science?

Crimes are not just confined to killings and attacks. Deep knowledge of structural engineering is important in cases of building / bridge collapse or during bomb blasts. The scale of these events are big with mass causalities. This is where the job of engineering experts of forensic science comes to play.

The experts in this field examine and analyse the structures and products relating to failure or cause of damage.

Explore medical history by becoming Pathologist:

The first thing police wants to know after getting the victim’s body is the time of death. That’s where a Pathologist comes into picture! These highly trained personnel also tell police what the victim was doing at the time of death along with the possible causes of death.

Be an Odontologist :

This specialization exclusively allows you to assess wounds. All marks on the victim’s body are potential clues. Ondontologist takes a look at x-ray scans of bite marks, broken bones etc.,. This is just next level of pathologist’s work.

Many more exciting and diverse roles:

The world of criminal investigation is as diverse as types of crimes. People like physical anthropologists only deal with old bones and bodies. They apply knowledge of archaeology in crime scene investigations. Specialized psychologists even conduct interrogations on behalf the police.

The role of a forensic expert also depends on the the size of investigative agency s/he works for.

Forensic science is a interesting field of study with many areas of specialisation. If you are passionate enough to get in to this field, not minding the fact that there are no fixed hours of working, obtaining post graduate or graduate degree in forensic sciences or criminal justice would be the first step you should take to make a career in this exciting field.


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