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Forensic Laboratory Analyst

Forensic laboratory analysts use scientific principles and technology to analyze, identify, compare, classify and interpret physical evidence submitted by police and related agencies.

Also Known As

Biological Sciences Technician/Technologist, Biological Scientist, Crime Laboratory Analyst, Investigator, Laboratory Technician/Technologist, Physical Sciences Technician/Technologist, Physical Scientist

Employment and Advancement

Occupational outlook is currently unavailable. Job openings are a result of employment turnover and newly created positions.

Forensic laboratory analysts are employed by:

  • the RCMP (in Edmonton, Halifax, Ottawa, Regina, Vancouver and Winnipeg)
  • Canada Revenue Agency (Ottawa)
  • the provincial governments of Ontario (Toronto and Sault St. Marie) and Quebec (Montreal)
  • a small number of private forensic laboratories.

In Alberta, the Medical Examiner's Office is responsible for performing autopsies and does toxicological work in cases where no foul play is suspected. The RCMP does all other forensic laboratory work.

Advancement usually takes the form of pay increases and increased responsibility for one or more types of analysis. Experienced forensic laboratory analysts may be promoted to supervisory positions.

Employment turnover is expected to increase as members of the baby boom generation retire over the next few years.

The information contained in this profile is current as of the dates shown. Salary, employment outlook and educational program information may change without notice. It is advised that you confirm this information before making any career decisions.

The information contained in this profile is current as of the dates shown. Salary, employment outlook and educational program information may change without notice. It is advised that you confirm this information before making any career decisions.

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