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Forensic scientists provide impartial scientific evidence for use in courts of law to support the prosecution or defence in criminal and civil investigations. They are primarily concerned with examining contact trace material associated with crimes. This follows the principle that 'every contact leaves a trace' that will offer potential evidence to link a suspect with the scene of the crime, the victim or the weapon.
In contrast with popular perception, this is a highly scientific role, which often involves detailed, painstaking work. Interest in forensic science has increased over the last few years, partly as a result of popular television crime dramas that do not always reflect the true nature of the work.
Job activities very much depend on the area of forensics in which you work. The main areas are:
Within these areas, the work usually involves:
However, there is a degree of cross-over and typical work activities are likely to include some or all of the following:
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