DNA Analysts examine evidence from the crime scene which could include trace amounts of DNA and unique biometrics. Collecting biological samples such as hair, blood, skin tissue, and saliva from crime scenes or from individuals, analysts use strictly regimented laboratory protocols and may be called to provide crucial testimony in court as to the DNA results. Analysts work in FBI-approved crime labs, directly for law enforcement agencies, for attorneys, or for health insurance companies.
Skills and Duties
- Recover and analyze evidence from crime scenes or from individuals
- Follow strict protocols and keep detailed records for use in a court of law
- Properly document chain of custody of material and properly store before and after analysis
- Testify in civil and criminal legal proceedings and/or write detailed result findings
- Maintain quality and accuracy of lab equipment by performing routine checks
As of late 2017, average medium salary range for DNA analysts was $30,000 to $70,000 depending on the specific sub-field, facility, and region of the country, with an average for crime scene investigators of about $65,000*
According to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, the field of forensic science technicians is expected to grow 17% between 2016 and 2026**
*Forensic Analysts.org, on the Internet at https://www.forensicanalyst.org/Forensic-Analyst-Salary.html (visited October 30, 2017).