The hour long fiction television shows make forensics out to be an easy way to solve crimes when in reality a lot of crimes go unsolved even with the help of forensic scientists just because there is not always enough evidence to convict someone of a crime but forensics does go along way to helping solve crimes and most probably could not be solved without the help of forensic scientists. There are also sub-fields of forensic science and will list a couple in this article.
In many large police departments there are different scientists who specialize in certain areas. There is a scientist who studies ballistics. Ballistics is the study of projectiles and firearms and how projectiles, such as bullets, and how projectiles react after being fired from a firearm. Essentially, ballistic scientists can usually tell what kind of a bullet that was used in a crime and from what which weapon it was fired from.
A forensic pathologist will determine how a person died whether it be by a knife, a bullet or an unknown cause such as sickness or disease.
There are even times when a body is badly disfigured and it is near impossible to identify and this is where a forensic odontologist comes into play. The forensic odontologist will use dental records to help identify a body and will also be called in to identify bite marks that may be present on a body.
These jobs are just a small portion of criminal forensics and if anyone is planning for a career in criminal forensics, be prepared to take a lot of math and science classes in high school and college and it would be a good idea to take speech classes as well because there are often times when a forensic scientist is called into court during a trial to explain and back up their findings. Research the different jobs and the education requirements for it if you want to become a forensic scientist.
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