If you live in the state of Alabama and are interested in having a career as a forensic scientist, you probably have quite a few questions about the field and working in it. People are often curious about their expected salaries, the type of training and/or schooling they will need, and many other aspects of the field.
Overwhelmingly, though, the question that people most want to know the answer to is just what the day to day working life is like for a forensic scientist in the state.
That might seem like a simple question, but the fact that forensic scientists work in a wide variety of different capacities and thus have varied responsibilities makes it difficult to answer.
The goal of every single forensic scientist is to make important discoveries through the use of forensics and then to report those discoveries to the appropriate individuals. Just what kinds of discoveries are being made and to whom they are reported, though, is what varies so much from one professional to the next. This is why, for prospective forensic scientists, it is so very important to spend some time researching the field and the different career possibilities in it to find the one that is the best fit for each individual.
Some forensic scientists, for example, are criminalists. These individuals are what most people think of when they think of forensic scientists. They work, usually on crime cases, to find, identify, and analyze physical evidence, such as bodily fluids, hair, or blood. They may also be responsible for examining evidence related to the use of a weapon. These forensic scientists have somewhat of a dangerous (but exciting) job and usually work in close conjunction with the police or even with the FBI in some cases.
Others choose to work as toxicologists. These professionals are concerned with what kinds of substances have entered into a person’s body. Toxicologists might be called in to determine whether a victim was under the influence of drugs or alcohol at the time of his or her death or to examine someone who is believed to have been poisoned. This line of work can get quite gruesome, sometimes even involving working with dead bodies, so it is certainly not for everyone, especially not the squeamish or faint of heart. It also requires intensive training, more training than is required by most other forensic science careers.
There are even forensic engineers. Though rare, these professionals combine forensics and engineering in order to carry out justice or protect people. They often review and analyze matters related to civil or legal cases, such as investigating the cause of a fire or determining the best way to keep employees at a large plant safe. Often these professionals are trained only in engineering at first, and later go to school briefly for forensics training. Obviously, there are a wide range of different types of workdays in the forensic science field, but all that is important is that you find the right one for you.