A typical day for a Forensic Science Technician will also include:
Operate and maintain laboratory equipment and apparatus.
Use photographic or video equipment to document evidence or crime scenes.
Keep records and prepare reports detailing findings, investigative methods, and laboratory techniques.
Compare objects, such as tools, with impression marks to determine whether a specific object is responsible for a specific mark.
Examine physical evidence, such as hair, fiber, wood, or soil residues to obtain information about its source and composition.
Besides their typical day, Forensic Science Technicians also review forensic analysts’ reports for technical merit. They may also operate and maintain laboratory equipment and apparatus.
On a weekly to monthly basis, Forensic Science Technicians collect evidence from crime scenes, storing it in conditions that preserve its integrity. They might also collect impressions of dust from surfaces to obtain and identify fingerprints.
In addition, they confer with ballistics, fingerprinting, handwriting, documents, electronics, medical, chemical, or metallurgical experts concerning evidence and its interpretation.
Although specific duties may vary, many of them visit morgues, examine scenes of crimes, or contact other sources to obtain evidence or information to be used in investigations.
To some Forensic Science Technicians, it is also their responsibility to use chemicals or other substances to examine latent fingerprint evidence and compare developed prints to those of known persons in databases."