Forensic Scientist Job Description Sample

The Forensic Scientist is responsible for gathering and analyzing evidence related to an investigation. These professionals are often found within the police force or investigative teams within police forces.

Job Description Sample

We are seeking a Forensic Scientist who will be required to identify and interpret evidence that will be provided to them once it has been collected. All work will be conducted in a laboratory. The candidate will be responsible for the upkeep of the tools, equipment, and space where evidence is evaluated, to ensure that evidence is preserved for accurate analysis.


A Forensic Scientist earns between $34,000 and $91,000 per year. The median salary is $52,000 annually.


  • Problem-solving.
  • Critical thinking.
  • Communication (written and verbal).
  • Logical thinking skills.

Duties & Responsibilities

  • Examining and testing of evidence provided to them.
  • Testing evidence using technique specific to the field of forensics including [but not limited to] infrared spectroscopy, mass spectrometry, and scanning electron microscopy.
  • Following laboratory regulations and processes.
  • Logging data into systems in a coherent and thorough manner.
  • Periodically serve as an expert witness in trial related to the case the evidence is applicable to.
  • Maintaining laboratory space an equipment to meet regulatory standards.


  • Bachelor’s Degree in Forensic Science or equivalent.
  • Work experience in a forensic training program or apprenticeship.
  • Additional certification is a bonus.
  • Strong analytical thinking skills and attention to detail.
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