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Are there only certain forensic scientists that are asked to go crime scenes to investigate and gather data?

I am physically disabled and I enjoy and prefer working in lab settings. I wouldn't be comfortable with going to crime scenes and having to be extra careful with my steps or worrying about how I will help gather evidence if I have to squat or be in positions that are difficult for me to get in. If a large part of this career is being present at the crime scene for evidence collection, I may reconsider my decision. #science #biology #chemistry #criminology #laboratory #detective #crime-scene-investigator #forensic-science

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Bryony’s Answer

Hi Miranda, what a great question. I myself didnt know the answer to this before i went to university and i studied forensic science and anthropology. I thought i was choosing the right degree to be on the crime scene but i didnt. Kayla is correct that as a crime scene investigator they are the people that go to the scene, take photo graphs and collect evidence.
Forensic scientists are the people who will process the evidence, whether is is running the DNA profiles, combing clothes for fibres or analysing debris from anything else that has been collected. They might also become the forensic expert who will provide evidential reports used in court and can also be called as witnesses in the trail stages of some crimes.

I'm not entirely sure on the process in the US as i am from the UK but most of our forensic work is now in industry labs and not in direct correlation with the police or government.

I did a forensic science degree but then used those skills gained to work in chemistry labs for a few years with all different disciplines. I worked in a lab doing safety testing of footwear, leather, toys, and PPE equipment and then i also worked in a lab testing the oils and lubricants used for automotive vehicles. There are a lot more options for laboratory work depending on which of the core sciences you enjoy as well, and there was always a laboratory assistance wherever i worked who did a lot of the prepping of sample, stock management and ordering as well as general tidying of the lab so there are a lot of options! Hope this helps you by having more insight
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Kayla’s Answer

Most Forensics scientists do not actually go to the scene. This is usually left to the Crime Scene Investigators, which is a less science based career. There are definitely plenty of forensic science careers where you will be in a lab, but you will probably not be working at a local police department. These careers are at crime land at state or federal agencies. You will most likely need a science degree of some sort. Hope this helps.

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