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What does a regular work day of forensic scientists consist of?

I want to know how often I will be preforming experiments, collecting data, analyzing data, or collaborating with a team so that I know that it is the best fit for me. #science #biology #chemistry #criminology #laboratory #crime-scene-investigator #forensic-science #teamwork

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I think that one of the problems with answering this question is that the job of being a forensic scientist varies greatly. There are forensic scientists that work in industry, for the government, or at an academic institution, and they all have different roles. For example, if you wanted to be a crime scene investigator, you will most likely be going out to crime scenes and collecting evidence. On the contrary, forensic analysts (which also vary depending on the specialty) stay in the lab and analyze evidence. Personally, I am more familiar with forensic scientists who perform research and teach in academia. These researchers conduct research experiments and studies which can include a team that collects and analyze data. Based on the question you are asking, it sounds like you're more interested in becoming a research scientist. From my experience conducting research in various labs, the type of work and the amount of work you do all depends on the lab you are working for. For example, two labs that I worked in allowed me to make my own working schedule as long as I got my job done and met deadlines. However, I know that there are research labs that are more strict and structured as far as schedules and who does what. I think it would first be best to determine which field within forensic science you are most interested in pursuing. Then, find schools that would best fit your interests. Also, look into research labs within these different schools and even consider reaching out to the Principle Investigator (the person responsible for the lab) and see if their lab is a good fit for what you want to get out of your future career. I graduated from Chaminade University of Honolulu and was part of a forensic taphonomy research lab for 3 years. It really helps getting to know the Principle Investigator before selecting your potential school and lab you are interested in working in. Also, it is important to note that if you want to purse research as a career, you will most likely have pursue a PhD. These are just some things to consider and just my perspective. Others may have other suggestions, but I hope this helps you out some! Good luck on your endeavors.