Books and TV programs make the work of forensic science technicians seem fast-paced and exciting.
In real life, however, their job is more likely to be as slow and painstaking as it is important.
Forensic science technicians work at the scene of a crime…and in laboratories. They perform tests on weapons or they examine substances such as fiber, hair and tissue to determine a connection to the crime…and to a suspect.
Some forensic technicians specialize in particular areas such as fingerprinting, DNA and handwriting analysis, biochemistry, or ballistics.
They prepare reports to document their findings and the laboratory techniques used.
While much of their expertise and deductive abilities come from experience, forensic science technicians are usually college graduates, having taken courses in subjects ranging from criminology…to biology.
Forensic science technicians are a crucial part of our legal system. They might be called upon to testify as expert witnesses. Their evidence and testimony can help send the guilty to prison…or clear the innocent.