Forensic Scientist

Forensic Scientist

Forensic technicians and scientists use scientific knowledge and practice to investigate crimes, or to gather information in relation to other legal issues. This includes the gathering of DNA evidence, fingerprint analysis, and detailed examination of crime scenes, but can also cover the recovery of digital documents. Forensic technicians and scientists work alongside the police to ensure that all possible information is extracted from a crime scene.

Almost all forensic technicians and scientists in New Zealand are employed by ESR, the Institute of Environmental Science and Research, which provides forensics services to the New Zealand Police.

There are only a limited number of jobs for forensic scientists in New Zealand – only four or five vacancies each year – and competition can be intense.

Key tertiary qualifications include:

  • Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry, Chemistry, Genetics, Medical Laboratory Science, Molecular Biosciences or Pharmacology
  • A postgraduate diploma or Master's degree in Forensic Science is an advantage
  • A PhD is generally required for work in a research role

Recommended school subjects:

  • Maths
  • Chemistry
  • Biology
  • Physics
  • English


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    Janet Stacey

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    Rebecca McLeod

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  • Sophie Dixon

    Forensic Technician, Sophie Dixon at work

    Jennifer Howarth

    Forensic Technician, Jennifer Howarth at work

    David Warrington

    Forensic Technician, David Warrington at work

    Lauren Moriarty

    Forensic Technician, Lauren Moriarty at work
  • Kate Stevenson

    Forensic Biology Scientist, Kate Stevenson at work

    Lauren Parsons

    Forensic Technician, Lauren Parsons at work

Forensic Scientist: Companies that employ people in this job role

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