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Forensic Scientist I – Trace Evidence

Performs (entry-level) training on laboratory tests, analyses, classifications, comparisons and identifications of all types of physical evidence from crime scenes with emphasis and specific recognized expertise in an option or specialty area identified above.  Training involves interpreting analytical and instrumental results, and preparing written opinion reports. Trains on testimony as an expert witness in court as to results of analyses.  Works under close supervision, with minimal latitude for the use of initiative and independent judgment.

Education – Graduation from an accredited four-year college or university with a Bachelor’s Degree in a chemical, physical, biological science, chemical engineering or forensic science* from an accredited university including the successful completion of sixteen (16) semester hours of chemistry. *Forensic science programs must be either FEPAC-accredited OR meet the minimum curriculum requirements pertaining to natural science core courses and specialized science courses set forth in the FEPAC Accreditation Standards.Substitution Note: A Forensic Analyst license may be substituted for the education requirements.

For more information, see Forensic Scientist I-III.

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