Skip to Main Content

Home Explore Careers

Forensic Experts

Overview
Forensic Expert—Career Q&A: Professional Advice and Insight

Join Vault Gold to watch these Q&A videos

Forensic experts apply scientific principles and methods to the analysis, identification, and classification of physical evidence relating to criminal (or suspected criminal) cases. They do much of their work in laboratories, where they test and analyze evidence and then record the results. They may travel to crime scenes to collect evidence and record the physical facts of a site. Forensic experts may also testify as expert witnesses and present scientific findings in court. The American Academy of Forensic Sciences, the largest forensic science organization in the world, has more than 7,000 members.

Salary Range

$25,000 to $100,000+

Minimum Education Level

Bachelor's Degree

Certification/License

Recommended

Outlook

Much Faster than the Average
Personality Traits

Curious

Problem-Solving

Technical

Career Ladder
Project Leader or Consultant

Forensic Expert

Forensic Science Technician

Related Professions