In addition to needing very specific technical skills to do this job, forensic science technicians also need certain soft skillspersonal qualities or traits. They should be able to work well with others and have strong organizational skills. Their work requires excellent problem solving and critical thinking skills. They must have an eye for detail. Forensic scientists need strong speaking and writing skills as well.
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A Day in a Forensic Scientist's Life:
- Visiting crime scenes in order to plan how and what evidence to collect
- Collecting, cataloging and preserving criminal evidence that may be used to solve cases
- Photographing or making sketches of crime scenes
- Reconstructing crime scenes
- Examining, testing, and analyzing evidence including tissue samples, chemical substances, physical materials and ballistics
- Meeting with ballistics, fingerprint, handwriting, document, electronics, medical, chemical or metallurgical experts to discuss and interpret evidence
- Reconstructing crime scenes in order to figure out if and how pieces of evidence are related
- Writing and presenting summaries of findings
- Testifying as an expert witness on evidence or laboratory techniques in trials or hearings
Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2012-13 Edition, Forensic Science Technicians, on the Internet at http://www.bls.gov/oco/ocos115.htm (visited July 17, 2013).
Employment and Training Administration, U.S. Department of Labor, O*NET Online, Forensic Science Technicians, on the Internet at http://online.onetcenter.org/link/details/19-4092.00 (visited July 17, 2013).