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A forensic scientist is a scientist who analyses biological, chemical, or physical samples taken into evidence during a criminal investigation. These materials may offer potential evidence to link a suspect with the scene of the crime, the victim or the weapon. They are required to provide the proof the police need to bring a case to court. The work is usually dealt with three sections: biology, chemistry and drugs/toxicology.
Forensic scientists play a crucial role in criminal investigations, and an in-depth knowledge of forensic science is required, therefore forensic scientists often specialise in key areas of activity. Specialism’s for crime laboratory professionals include ballistics and firearms, drugs and toxicology, imaging specialists, biochemistry, psychophysical detection , fingerprinting, and electronic caseworkers.
A forensic scientist attends and examines scenes of crimes, they may also computer analyse evidential data and develop and research new techniques.
Salaries can range from round £16,000 to over £50,000 a year for a senior forensic scientist.
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