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The Forensic Scientist

Tristan – future forensic scientist

I have always been interested in mystery puzzles where I had to use clues to figure out who did the "crime". This sparked my interest in wanting to become a forensic scientist. They are the ones who look at crime scene evidence and aid the police in figuring out who is guilty.

To become a entry-level forensic scientist it requires at least a bachelor's degree in natural science, chemistry, biology, or in forensic science. The forensic scientist occupation is projected to grow 27 percent from 2012 to 2024 which is more than the average job. Scientific advancement in new technology is what advances the expected growth of the job. The median annual wage of the forensic scientist is $56,320 and the average hourly pay is $27.08.

They often spend their workplace in government buildings, like police departments, laboratories, morgues, and medical offices. They also could spend time working at a crime scene which might be in any condition and could be a long distance away. Forensic scientists work standard hours, though they will occasionally work overtime and night shifts if it is necessary. I learned about this job from a school project where I had to look up occupations and discover what they do. I saw this one and quickly discovered that it was for me. I look forward to being a forensic scientist where each day is a new challenge.

Tristan's essay appears here as written, to preserve the young author’s unique voice and individual writing style. However, we have deleted personally identifiable information to protect the student’s privacy.