Becoming a forensic scientist in South Africa

Do you want to become a forensic scientist? A career in forensic science allows you to play a role in solving crimes. If you’re good at solving problems and interested in science, this may be the right career for you. You can browse through a variety of forensic science jobs on Job Mail.

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What is a forensic scientist?

Forensic science involves applying science to criminal investigations. A forensic scientist is responsible for collecting and analysing evidence during investigations. They may be required to gather evidence at the scene of the crime or to work in laboratories. These professionals testify as expert witnesses in court cases. A forensic scientist is a trustworthy professional who has outstanding problem-solving skills. They need to pay attention to detail in order to succeed in this role and an interest in science and chemistry is also required.

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Employment opportunities for forensic scientists

Forensic science careers form part of a range of disciplines and in South Africa, the police service is the main employer of forensic scientists. Understanding the different options are out there makes it easier to plan your career. The career you want to pursue will guide your choice of courses at university. If you’re interested in forensic science, you could also consider becoming a crime scene investigator. The duties of these professionals include finding evidence, compiling documents, and carrying out investigations. They work together with police officers, pathologists, and legal representatives to solve crimes.

Forensic science jobs also include criminalist positions. Criminalists are required to assess evidence to draw conclusions that can be helpful to police investigation. They are responsible for obtaining evidence with the aim of analysing it. Correct procedures need to be followed to avoid contamination. If you decide to pursue a career as a forensic scientist you will be responsible for using your skills to solve crimes. You’ll be required to collect and analyse evidence as well as to record your findings.

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Educational requirements to become a forensic scientist

While there are no undergraduate qualifications in forensic science in South Africa, there are postgraduate degrees that can help you to advance your career. If you want to work in the police services’ forensic laboratories, you’ll need to complete a BSc in chemistry or biochemistry. With this degree, you can apply for forensic science jobs where you’ll receive specialised training.

You can advance your career as a forensic scientist by studying a Bachelor of Health Science with Honours in the field of Forensic Sciences. This one-year qualification is offered by Wits University. Another option is to study Forensic Investigation through Unisa. During this training, you’ll learn more about forensic methods and techniques. Other modules include Investigation of Selected Crimes and Transgressions as well as Advanced Forensic Crime Intelligence. You can also expect to study Forensic Interviewing and Information Gathering. Another option is to complete a postgraduate qualification in forensic anthropology at UCT. You can complete a Masters in Biomedical Forensic Science through UCT if you have an undergraduate degree in science. Relevant experience, which demonstrates your forensic capabilities, will increase your chance of being hired.

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Now that you know more about the employment opportunities that are available to become a forensic scientist, you can decide if this is the right career path for you or not. Forensic science plays an important role in the criminal justice system. If you are already qualified, visit Job Mail to look for a job right now.

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40 Responses

  1. Ayanda says:

    when you are at East london how or where can I apply?

    • Jani Grey says:

      Hi Ayanda,

      Please see the Educational requirements to become a forensic scientist section of this article. This blog post is an information piece.

      If you have not registered your CV on Job Mail, follow this link: http://bit.ly/2Lk3C0b.

      Once you’ve registered, look for jobs that suit your skill set at http://bit.ly/2mFMBPB and apply for them!

      Alternatively, set up a job alert to receive the latest jobs in your field via email at http://bit.ly/2LxITpe.

      We hope you find employment soon!

      Kind regards,
      The Job Mail Team

  2. Nereshini says:

    i WOULD LIKE TO BECOME A FORENSIC SCIENTIST SOLVING CRIMES, MOSTLY COMMERCIAL CRIME AS I HAVE BEEN IN PRISON, I COMMITTED CRIME, SPENT TIME AND WAS EXPOSED TO ALL TYPES OF CRIME.

  3. Ponky Ramosolo says:

    I have an interest in forensics

    • Jani Grey says:

      Hi Ponky,

      Please see the Educational requirements to become a forensic scientist section of this article.

      Kind regards,
      The Job Mail Team

  4. Abel says:

    I’am a hard working and self driven person who is capable of working under pressure, under no supervision. I am keen to learn more and always willing to complete any task given to me at the right time. I have good communication skills, leadership and problems solving skills.

  5. Evelyn Skermand says:

    Re: Forensic science

    This sounds very interesting, i would like more info on what i would need to enter this line of work.

    Regards,
    Evelyn Skermand

    • Jani Grey says:

      Hi Evelyn,

      Please see the Educational requirements to become a forensic scientist section of this article.

      Kind regards,
      The Job Mail Team

  6. Beyanca says:

    Hi i only wish to do that forensic job. But i dont have the rite papers to even aply. But yes that is my dream job.

    • Jani Grey says:

      Hi Beyanca,

      Please see the Educational requirements to become a forensic scientist section of this article.

      Kind regards,
      The Job Mail Team

  7. Busisiwe Pride says:

    How can l go for an application ?

    • Jani Grey says:

      Hi Busisiwe,

      Please see the Educational requirements to become a forensic scientist section of this article.

      Kind regards,
      The Job Mail Team

  8. Thomas says:

    Dear sir/ madam
    Kindly alert me when there are forensic science jobs because I have a Bsc(chemistry) degree.
    Regards : Thomas

  9. sarah says:

    i have only grade 12 with maths and science,Electrical Engneering N3 i want to be a forensic scientist

    • Jani Grey says:

      Hi Sarah,

      Please see the Educational requirements to become a forensic scientist section of this article.

      Kind regards,
      The Job Mail Team

  10. Isreal says:

    I’m interested, learning an I think I can do a good job.

    • Jani Grey says:

      Hi Isreal,

      Please see the Educational requirements to become a forensic scientist section of this article.

      Kind regards,
      The Job Mail Team

  11. Tebello Maleka says:

    I’m interested

  12. jeanine says:

    Good day, this has caught my eye and something i have always wanted to do. i am very good at solving problems.

  13. Sharon mathebula says:

    I would like to become a forensic scientist. Can you please assist

    • Jani Grey says:

      Hi Sharon,

      Please see the Educational requirements to become a forensic scientist section of this article.

      If you have not registered your CV on Job Mail, follow this link: http://bit.ly/2Lk3C0b.

      Once you’ve registered, look for jobs that suit your skill set at http://bit.ly/2mFMBPB and apply for them!

      Alternatively, set up a job alert to receive the latest jobs in your field via email at http://bit.ly/2LxITpe.

      We hope you find employment soon!

  14. Thulane says:

    I’m interested in doing the course

    • Jani Grey says:

      Hi Thulane,

      Please see the Educational requirements to become a forensic scientist section of this article.

      Kind regards,
      The Job Mail Team

  15. Michelle says:

    What subjects do I need to qualify for this course of study.

    • Jani Grey says:

      Hi Michelle,

      Please see the Educational requirements to become a forensic scientist section of this article.

      Kind regards,
      The Job Mail Team

  16. Shoayb says:

    I would like to become a forensic scientist

    • Jani Grey says:

      Hi Shoayb,

      Please see the Educational requirements to become a forensic scientist section of this article.

      Kind regards,
      The Job Mail Team

  17. Annette Swanepoel says:

    I would like to become an forensic scientist. I do already have psychogology and stress management.

    • Jani Grey says:

      Hi Annette,

      Please see the Educational requirements to become a forensic scientist section of this article.

      Kind regards,
      The Job Mail Team

  18. Sipho kholofelo Mailula says:

    Requirements needed if i want to become forensic scientist

    • Jani Grey says:

      Hi Sipho,

      Please see the Educational requirements to become a forensic scientist section of this article.

      Kind regards,
      The Job Mail Team

  19. tshidiso prince says:

    it is a good career which i am interested in therefor i wold like to do it or study for forensic it is a good opportunity indeed

    • Jani Grey says:

      Hi Tshidiso,

      Please see the Educational requirements to become a forensic scientist section of this article.

      Kind regards,
      The Job Mail Team

  20. Tirhani says:

    Iam a police officer and I’m so interested on becoming a forensic scientist please I need more information about the requirement

    • Jani Grey says:

      Hi Tirhani,

      Please see the Educational requirements to become a forensic scientist section of this article.

      Kind regards,
      The Job Mail Team

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