The opportunities for a Forensic Scientist are many. As an analyst they gather evidence and investigate a crime scene, they can take up ballistics (science of projectiles and firearms) and ballistic fingerprinting (Identifying fingerprints on the bullets to find the weapon used and possibly the shooter). Alternatively, a graduate can choose to work on the field or can have a desk job, depending on his/her preference. They also attend conferences and workshops in various countries across the world acting as a diplomat for the country, or are a liaison of an investigating firm to the government.
The career prospects for a Forensic Science graduate are immense. They could take up jobs in various domains of the government as well as the private sector.
The day-to-day activities of a Forensic Science graduate consist of the following.
- Analysing samples in the lab
- Applying techniques such as gas and high-performance liquid chromatography, scanning electron microscopy, mass spectrometry, infrared spectroscopy, and genetic fingerprinting
- Sorting and sifting evidence
- Attending and examining scenes of crimes
- Recording findings and collecting trace evidence from scenes of crimes or accidents