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What does an average day as a forensic scientist look like?

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Thomas’s Answer

"On a daily basis, Forensic Science Technicians use chemicals or other substances to examine latent fingerprint evidence and compare developed prints to those of known persons in databases. They interpret laboratory findings or test results to identify and classify substances, materials, or other evidence collected at crime scenes.

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."

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Ram’s Answer

A forensic scientist's day-to-day activities will vary throughout the week. The majority of their time is spent in the office writing reports and preparing for laboratory visits. Other days, however, they may be carrying out a laboratory visit or attending court as an expert witness.