Evan. FORENSIC BIOLOGIST
In the world of forensic science, or better known as the application of science in the assistance of a crime, a booming new career known as the forensic biologist (also known as a DNA analyst) is taking shape. They are one of the most important members to a forensic science team with only needing a minimum of a bachelor’s of science degree. With their expertise in using the biological samples of a crime scene they can support the claims of investigators through their extensive research and ability to place perpetrators at a crime.
Forensic Biologist Forensic biologists study the biological samples taken at a crime scene in order to assist in the discoveries of possible suspects or answers to a mystery through the understanding of biological evidence. Forensic biologists are one of the most important crew members to a forensics lab. The principal of DNA and that no two people are the same present’s favorable opportunity that no persuasive lawyer can deny often resulting in 100% proof for a flawless accusation. This career field has numerous requirements to promote the best and most precise assistance to the pursuit of a crime. Typically, forensic biologists are stationary in their crime labs but can be called into a court room to present their research through an expert’s point of view. Being a forensic biologist calls for a constant readiness to arrive on scene to collect biological surroundings similar to a CSI who examines the scene. Forensic scientists on scene can complete many different tasks ranging from collecting nearby insects, leaves, sifting through soil or plant life. These are just a few of the tasks demanded by a forensic chemist. It is a reliable yet tedious career that mainly calls for the examination of biological samples such as blood, bodily fluids, fingerprints, and hair. However, strenuous and tiresome the forensic biologist is a pivotal member of the forensic crime team. A forensic scientist needs to be knowledgeable, reliable, and an expert in his/her field. Most forensic scientists require a minimum of a bachelor’s of science degree (often in biology, forensic scientist, or other relevant degrees), however more school such as a doctorate can only help in the advancement of a forensic scientists career. They also need to have skills beyond educational requirements, such as critical thinking skills/problem solving, organizational skills, and an eye for detail. Forensic scientists must also go through extensive training through apprenticeship under an experienced colleague. The trainee will be trained to prepare, collect, and document (along with any other necessary job duties) properly in order to insure a correct investigation of a crime. This extensive process can eventually offer a substantial payment from $27,683- $52,471 although salaries will vary from due to factors including experience, region, and skill etc. A recent job post made by the Utah Bureau of Forensic Services ( through the American Academy of Forensic Sciences website) calls for the hiring of a forensic DNA scientist (also known as a forensic biologist). The job posting offers a salary of $21.64- $40.40 an hour without clear benefits listed. However, several explicit requirements are listed in search of a prime candidate for the available position. A bachelor’s of science degree in biology, chemistry, forensic science, or other related science degrees are needed for the educational aspects of the position. A minimum of one year with laboratory experience conducting DNA analysis is required to ensure that their skills are adequate for the job duties of studying biological samples in the investigation of a crime. Other beneficial qualities, such as communication skills, leadership, and understanding of DNA principles are preferred characteristics of eager applicants.
Overall, the forensic biologist is a tedious job that