Forensic Analytical Science

Forensic Analytical Science is about using modern analytical techniques to address issues of interest to the legal system as well as other investigative contexts.

This includes collecting and testing evidence for criminal investigations, and similarly in the area of insurance and natural resource management, for example.

This area applies techniques from forensic chemistry and biology such as chemical analysis, DNA testing, etc.

NZ university majors related to this area

Examples of career opportunities

Most entail additional learning (lifelong learning!).

  • Forensic scientist
  • Criminal investigator
  • Forensic technologist
  • Research scientist
  • Research assistant
  • Laboratory technician
  • Science teacher
  • Chemistry teacher
  • Academic

Income and employment prospects

Income

173% of national
median earnings


Employment

59%
Employed
1%
Unemployed
34%
Further study
6%
Other or unknown

Figures based on young domestic graduates 5 years after graduation. Source: Ministry of Education.

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