In South Africa, the majority of career paths in the forensic science field are associated with the South African Police Service (SAPS). If you want to pursue Forensic Science as a career, consider the following:
- Do you have the necessary skills such as analytical skills, detail-orientated, high concentration levels?
- Do you enjoy problem-solving or investigating?
- Are you someone who can adapt easily?
- Are you dedicated, a hard worker and willing to put in the effort and hours to be successful in this career?
Job Opportunities in the Field of Forensics
Forensic science includes many sub-disciplines and areas of specialisation. Examples of the various job roles that are available include:
- Private investigator
- Forensic pathologist (you will need to study medicine if you want to specialise in this direction)
- Forensic accountant (you will need a qualification in accounting to pursue this career)
- Accident scene investigator
- Handwriting expert
- Forensic biologist
- Forensic anthropologist
- Crime scene investigator
Employers of forensic scientists in South Africa
The most common employers in the field are:
- The South African Police Service (SAPS)
- The Department of Health
- Government laboratories
- Private laboratories
- Medical and research centres
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