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Forensic Toxicologist

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Symone Townsend

on 18 May 2011

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Transcript of Forensic Toxicologist

In certain jobs in the forensic
field, you may have to have some
sort of certification in order to work
for a company or agency. But, forensic
toxicologist do not require a special
certification. Forensic Toxicologist
By: Symone Townsend
Ms. Green's 1st period What is a forensic toxicologist? Forensic toxicologists evaluate the chemical levels
in the body to determine the facts about poisoning,
drug use, and cause of death. They can identify things such as narcotics,
alcohol, perscription pills, metals, gases, and
other measurable chemicals. Toxicologist examine tissue samples
and bodily fluids. They commonly use
urine, blood, hair, and oral samples. A forensic toxicologist's annual salary is fairly
decent. The average they earn is normally
between 35,000-106,000 a year. Their salary could be affected by:
earning a higher degree such as a
Master's or PhD, former experince,
and their job performance. For this job you only need to obtain
you bachelors degree, but having a masters
degree insures more money, and possibly a
higher rank in an agency. In this field, toxicologist must have several
qualities, but two very important ones are team-
work and communication. They must be able to work in a labatory
environment with people and be able to
coordinate with them. They cannot just be
inconsiderate of others work space and
area. Toxicologist must also be able to
communicate well with other people
in the lab. They have to know how to ask
for assistance when needed and be able
to elaborate in detail about their work. In every job field, there is a way to
advance your way to the top. In a lab
your highest senority is being the manager
of the lab. Instead of them having to do some
work, they can have other toxicologist do it
for them, or they could just supervise. On a day-to day bases a toxicologist does several
different things. But depdending on their level of senority they can o the following: writing reports about toxicological analyses, communicate regularly with coroners,medical examiners, and pathologist, conducting lab audits,act as techinical experts in human forensics for their agencies,and conduct research. A working toxicologist has several different working conditions that come into action but they aren't always good. They have to work in condensed labs, their usual work hours range between 40-50 hours,and they must put in additional hours to complete their duties to meet deadlines. In present day there aren't many forensic
toxicologist, so in the future and years to
come the need for them will be plentiful. A career that is closely related to
Forensic Toxicology is Microbiology. Me wanting to be a Forensic Science major in college what better way to become more educated about this field than interviewing Forensic Science major? To begin with, I formally introduced myself to Ms. Benslay, thenn I explained to her the reason for me wanting an interview. Then, I began to ask a series of questions. Q:What field of forensic science do you work in?
A: DNA serology A Forensic serologist is one that determines the type and characteristics of blood, blood testing, and blood examination. They also analyze semen, saliva, and
some types of bodily fluids. Q: How long did you have to be in school in order to become a forensic serologist?
A: Two years to obtain and complete Master's Degree. Q: What is the average annual salary?
A: Between 40,000-50,000 depending
on where you work. Q: Can you get a higher rank to
earn more money?
A: Yes, as you gain more experience the higher you move up. Q:What are the benefits of working in forensics?
A: Most companies give some sort of medical, life, and dental insurance. They also give some sort of retirement plan. So, the benefits are pretty good Q: What are the disadvantages?
A: When you first start off, you work long hours, you're exposed to body fluids, and your are always using universal procaution. Also, you work in the lab alone. Q: If you could, would you have chosen a different field to go into?
A: Yes, Forensic Anthropology. Forensic Anthropology is the study of the human bones.This is normally used to help find the times of death especially in a decomposed body. Q: Do you enjoy doin your job?
A: Yes, I love it! Q: How many hours do you normally work?
A: When you first start off 50-60 hous a week, but as you gain senority your work hours can go down. It just depends on who you work for. Q: How is the travel time?
A: Generally, there would be no travel because you work five days a week, but most labs give you the weekend off and vacation time! I think that being a forensic toxicologist would
be a job for me because, I find it challenging and
exciting investigate to solve
problems. To prepare myself for this difficult
job i could, try to intern at a forensic science lab, and take Biotechnology II. Souces:
Career Opportunities in Forensic Science by: Susan McDavid, and Richard McDavid
Ms. Heather Benslay
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