Forensic Scientist
Denise Abboud

About the job:

What you do

As a Forensic Scientist, you use scientific techniques to gather evidence that can be used to solve crimes. You visit the place where a crime has taken place and collect objects that may be used as evidence. You also present such evidence in a court of law.

The tough stuff

As a Forensic Scientist, you will have to:

  • Cope with seeing potentially traumatic crime scenes
  • Avoid making mistakes as best you can, but admit to making them otherwise
  • Beware of potentially biohazardous materials or environments


The cool stuff

As a Forensic Scientist, you will get to:

  • Help put guilty people in jail, and keep innocent people out of it!
  • Access some of the most advanced equipment, tools and methods
Typical work hours
  • 35-40 hours per week
  • 10-20% nights & weekends

As a Forensic Scientist, you work regular hours but you may have to work nights and weekends if your are analyzing evidence that is needed immediately.

Are you the right fit?

Classes you should be good at
  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Sociology
Best high school track(s)
  • Life Sciences
Personal qualities
  • Understanding what you hear
  • Expressing yourself verbally
  • Communicating your ideas in writing
  • Problem Sensitivity
  • Visual Color Discrimination
  • Reasoning & Problem Solving

Will you make money?

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Education stuff:

Education required
  • You need at least a Bachelor’s degree in Forensic Science, Biology, Chemistry or a related field to start career as a Forensic Scientist. You can specialize in a specific area such as DNA, Toxicology or Electronic Forensics which involves Engineering and Electronics.
Helpful resources
Local universities
International universities

Video Description

This Insider Interview sits us down with someone we’ve all seen on TV except, she’s totally real. Denise is a forensic scientist who uses her skills in the lab to solve criminal mysteries and bring justice. Attention to detail is key, but watch to find out what other skills make for a good forensics expert everyone can trust.



Denise Abboud, a sworn forensic advisor for the Lebanese tribunals, fulfilled her Bachelor degree in Biology/Biochemistry between Blaise Pascal University, France and St. Joseph University (USJ), Lebanon; she then attained a post-graduate diploma in Applied Forensic Toxicology and completed her MSc in Forensic Science at Strathclyde University, United Kingdom. Her work covered Crime Scene Investigation and several laboratory forensic disciplines and mortuary internships in addition to crime lab quality control, and crime labs accreditation procedures.