Working in Forensics — Chemist

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The Working In… series compiles a selection of fascinating STEM jobs in a multitude of fields. They are designed to highlight the variety of STEM careers available to students that they may not have considered, or been aware of before now. Find out where your future career may lie here.

Melanie is a forensic chemist who tests police evidence for illicit drugs. She performs tests that use color-changing reagents to determine what chemicals are found at a crime scene.

She believes it is important to remain unbiased and continue learning more about chemistry to do her job as best she can, and this makes her feel like a drug superhero.

Find out how Melanie uses Chemistry in her career with this resource for Year 6-10 chemistry students learning about how chemical reactions and analysis are involved in a unique career.

Working In… Forensics — Chemist

Video Length: 3:33 mins

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Years: 6, 7, 8, 9, 10


Chemical Sciences – Chemical Reactions, Mixtures and Separations.

Additional: Careers, Technology.

Concepts (South Australia):

Chemical Sciences – Change of Matter