How to become a Forensic Scientist

Forensic scientists apply scientific procedures and techniques to the examination of potential evidence that may assist in legal investigations.

Personal requirements of a Forensic Scientist

  • Good communication skills
  • Able to remain unbiased in the examination of potential court evidence
  • Meticulous and capable of clear, logical and lateral thinking
  • Able to work as part of a team
  • Initiative and motivation
  • Able to persevere
  • Good observation skills

Education & Training for a Forensic Scientist

To become a forensic scientist you usually have to study forensic science at university (preferably at honours level), followed by a postgraduate qualification in forensic science. You may also consider degrees in other relevant areas, which may provide entry into various areas of forensic science. Relevant areas include biology, botany, chemistry, physics, dentistry or medicine. To get into the degree courses you usually need to gain your Senior Secondary Certificate of Education. Prerequisite subjects, or assumed knowledge, in one or more of English, mathematics, chemistry, physics and biology are normally required.Entry to postgraduate courses usually requires completion of an appropriate bachelor degree. Universities have different prerequisites and some have flexible entry requirements. Contact the institutions you are interested in for more information. For further details, visit

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Future growth:

relatively steady

Employment by state:

ACT 0.7%

NSW 35.5%

NT 2.9%

QLD 22.2%

SA 9.8%

TAS 3.1%

VIC 17.4%

WA 8.3%

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Gender split:

Male 46.9%

Female 53%

Education level:

Not completed Year 10: 0%

Not completed Year 12: 0%

Highest qualification is secondary school: 0%

Highest qualification is a Certificate 3 or 4: 0%

Highest qualification is a Diploma or Advanced Diploma: 0%

Highest qualification is a Bachelor degree: 52.9%

Highest qualification is a Postgraduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate: 47.1%

Age bracket:

Below 35 years: 37.3%

Above 35 years: 64.2%

*The data above is sourced from the Department of Employment’s Job Outlook website.

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