Pay for forensic scientists varies depending on qualifications and experience.
Source : Human Resources, The Institute of Environmental Science and Research (ESR), 2017
This information is a guide only. )
What you will do
Forensic scientists perform a wide range of tasks, which may include some or all of the following :
Skills and knowledge
Forensic scientists need to have :
Forensic scientists :
To become a forensic scientist you need to have a minimum of a Bachelor of Science (BSc) majoring in an element of forensic science such as chemistry, biochemistry, biotechnology, medical laboratory science or molecular biology, depending on which area of forensics you want to specialise in.
Strong competition for forensic science roles means that even with a BSc you will usually start out as a senior science technician.
Chances of securing a scientist role are higher if you complete a postgraduate course such as a Masters or Postgraduate Diploma in Forensic Science at Auckland or Otago University.
These courses include practical components so you can gain applied experience in the field.
Entry requirements for forensic positions in the police
The New Zealand Police have a number of forensic roles for civilians, and roles where you first need to train as a police officer.
Civilian forensic roles include fingerprint officers and crime scene analysts. There are different entry requirements for each specialisation, with most roles requiring a minimum of an undergraduate degree before being accepted into a structured career development programme.
A tertiary entrance qualification is required to enter further training. Useful subjects include maths with statistics and calculus, biology, chemistry and English.
Forensic scientists need to be :
Useful experience for forensic scientists includes laboratory work, and work in the fields of medicine or chemistry.
Forensic scientists must have good eyesight (with or without corrective lenses).