Forensic science is a critical element of the criminal justice system. Forensic scientists examine and analyze evidence from crime scenes and elsewhere to develop objective findings that can assist in the investigation and prosecution of perpetrators of crime or absolve an innocent person from suspicion.
A Forensic Scientist’s Salary In South Africa
The average salary for a Forensic Scientist in SA is R 287 613 gross per year (R 23 970 gross per month), which is 2% higher than South Africa’s national average salary. Salary Range: a Forensic Scientist can expect an average starting salary of R 150 880. The highest salaries can exceed R 408 000.
Is forensic science a good career in South Africa?
Investigation jobs offer a fascinating and challenging career.
If you enjoy finding clues to solve unresolved cases, then forensic investigation work may be a great opportunity to put your problem-solving skills to the test. With the high crime rate, forensic investigation jobs in South Africa are in demand.
What to study to do forensics In South Africa
Study path: start with a BSc or BSc with Honours in chemistry, biochemistry, molecular biology, or physics.
Once completed you can then apply for specialty training with the SAPS in order to work in one of their forensic laboratories.
Specialized Study programs: National Certificate in Forensic Biology on NQF 6.
How do I become a forensic scientist in South Africa?
In order to set up your career, you will need to complete your matric with preferably high marks in Biology, Science, and Mathematics.
The only exception to this rule is for those that wish to complete the National Certificate in Forensic Science with at least 8 years of experience in the field.
Can I study forensics without matric?
Forensic Starter Courses. Outsourced Learner Management (Pty) Ltd in partnership with Skills Academy now gives you the opportunity to start with a non-accredited Skills Course. This option is for persons without a Matric/National Senior Certificate/Grade 12!