A forensic science technician often works for a police department. The position supports the forensic science unit with receiving, transferring, preserving, preparing, and analyzing the items collected in investigations. A forensic science technician examines evidence obtained from crime scenes and assists the lead forensic scientist with observations. Other duties for a forensic science technician would involve inputting the information into databases, classifying the evidence, and analyzing specific data given by the lead investigator.
Other roles for a forensic science technician are within hospitals. The work within a hospital would be investigating a person's death and determining the root cause of it. Within a hospital, the technician would test blood work and urine samples of the patient.
A skill needed for the job is consistent communication between doctors or investigators to help the lead quickly fix the problem given. As a technician, teamwork is essential, and the ability to work within a group is incredibly important. A bachelor’s degree within the field of biology or chemistry is needed to be able to successfully complete the job. The technician is often on call and will be asked to work when needed, due to crime scenes needing investigations at different times. A majority of the shift will be split between crime scene locations and a lab, investigating evidence received from the scene. The technician is the lowest position within the forensic department and will constantly be under the supervision of the higher positions.
Forensic Science Technician Tasks
Inspect and process evidence.
Prepare sketches, diagrams, run computer diagnostic and diagraming software.
Testify in court and provide input for attorneys and officers.
Write investigative reports.
Perform laboratory analysis on evidence and interpret data.