cd_player, no disrespect but I am after a “real” view of what it’s like on a day-to-day basis, the many TV series dealing with forensic science reinforce the criminal aspect of the discipline, like collecting evidence at homicide scenes and dealing with gory details, but that’s telly. In reality very few forensic scientists spend their time on crime scenes (from what the various career profiles and job descriptions say on the Net) and there are so many different specialities in forensic science that you may not deal with blood or victims at all (example: a forensic scientist whose speciality is chemistry will be working on arsons and burglaries mainly etc…). Sorry but I don’t think that watching TV is going to give me a real idea of what it’s like… I want to know everything (the bad and good bits)… but thank you anyway :-s
However, one TV show is actually fairly realistic, it’s called Forensic Detectives on one the Discovery Channels and that is brilliant, you do get to see what forensic scientists get up to, but it only deals with murder cases, which again, some forensic scientists are not involved in at all, so that’s kind of a narrow view.
scott_uk_7, I know exactly what you mean, I work in IT too but I have definitely got bored of it. I mean I am not bored with IT and computers themselves, but the type of business and industry that IT gets you involved in nowadays; it’s all about clients, deadlines, targets, office politics, I just hate it. I am re-thinking my career at the moment, and I have always been very interested in science in general, I love to learn it on the side, sometimes I get deep into reading scientific articles for which the most part does not make a lot of sense but it still interests me and I want to know more… I wish I had continued with science in school also… and I agree, what you see on TV is glorified and does not represent reality.
I am not interested in forensic science so that I can deal with dead bodies (how odd would that be :-s), but the whole “detailed analysis, careful with everything, figuring things out using science” idea interests me. If dealing with corpses is part of the job, then so be it!
Alta_Rica, thanks for all that info but I have already been on the FSS website and saw all that information, what I am looking for is someone with experience in the profession either because they are a forensic scientist or because they worked closely with one/several… Basically I am after a real-life account… can someone tell me what it’s actually like to work as a forensic scientist? I want to be able to ask questions etc… Only people who work in a particular job can tell you what it’s REALLY like… Don’t you agree?