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Transcript of Ballistics
ballistics is the science that deals with the motion of projectiles like bullets, rockets, and bombs. police officers use this while investigating crimes that involve shootings, military officers, and engineers who design firearms and other weaponry.
Forensic Ballistics Expert:
is a forensics investigator, but they perform most of their work in the lab analysing the evidence collected in the field.
they may analyse the crime scene itsself or simply the evidence brought to them.
they look at anything to do with firearms.
this is a cutting edge science, they use new techniques to save and examine evidence, creating a way to discover the truth.
the demand for Ballistics specialists will only increase.
should grow by 31% in the next ten years according to Bureau of Labor and Statistics
Pros and Cons
in high demand
job risks like bodily fluids, fire arms, chemicals
lots of school required
Pay and Hours
average salary of a forensic scientist as of 2009 is around $30,000 to $40,000 for no expirence. with 10+ years, $65,000 or more.
they work whenever their services are required, so 7 days a week on some occasions.
most of the ballistics specialist's day is spent in the lab analysing data, although some go onsite and collect data. conditions vary.
a ballistic specialist must persure a bachelors degree in criminal justice, forensic science or crimonology.
complete an internship.
consider earning a graduate degree.
a crime scene investigator- goes on site an collects data like a ballistics specialist might.
an expert witness- the private version of a ballistics expert.
Mark A. Keisler president
Indiana State Police Crime Lab
550 west 16thbstreet
suite c, IN 46202
American Board of Criminalistics
palmetto, FL 34220