Forensic science is more complex than TV might lead you to believe. In 1991, a postal worker in Phoenix, Arizona was accused of murdering a waitress. At the trial, a forensic scientist testified that a bite mark on the victim matched the suspect's teeth. The postal worker was convicted and sentenced to death.
Years later, other forensic scientists conducted DNA testing of saliva found on the victim's clothing. The testing revealed that the postal worker was innocent and identified the true murderer. Forensic science helped condemn an innocent man -- and then it redeemed him. It is a field constantly growing and changing.
Forensic scientists, sometimes called crime laboratory analysts, provide scientific information and expert opinions to judges, juries, and lawyers.
Forensic scientists specialize in a particular area such as criminalistics (which includes DNA testing), engineering, or speech.
Someone who loves science and wants to fight for justice. You'll need determination to discover the truth -- no matter whom it hurts or helps. You'll be happiest in this career if you're good with details and like projects requiring a careful, step-by-step approach.
Most forensic scientists work in laboratories. Some visit crime scenes. Others work in morgues, hospitals, police departments, or universities.