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Forensic Scientist

Kaipūtaiao Taihara

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Forensic scientists apply scientific knowledge and skills to investigating crimes and helping the police find or eliminate crime suspects. They may also do research into developing or improving forensic techniques.


Forensic scientists assisting crime investigations usually earn

$50K-$90K per year

Forensic scientists doing research usually earn

$55K-$130K per year

Source: Institute of Environmental Science and Research (ESR), 2017

Job opportunities

Chances of getting a job as a forensic scientist are poor as the occupation is small and competition for jobs is strong.
Janina Savage looking through a microscope in a lab

A forensic scientist examining a hair sample from a crime scene

Last updated 25 May 2017