What education is required to be a DNA analyst
A DNA analyst is someone who studies the DNA and analyses the sample for a particular purpose. He is an expert in this field and can work for diagnostic laboratories, with federal and state governments or with private organizations. They are very important part of forensic science research and analysis as they can identify criminals like murderers or rapists by taking a DNA sample from their body like hair, tissue or bodily fluids and matching it to the scene of the crime.
DNA is a unique code and every human being has a different code which cannot be confused with anyone else and hence it forms as a full proof and reliable form of identification. It can also be used to find out the parent of a child because they share certain DNA traits and also be analyzed for research purposes or to find out various genetic disorders or illnesses.
Here are few educational requirements that must be fulfilled to get a job as a DNA analyst:
- You must have an interest in life science and other science subjects even at the high school level because it will make your basis strong
- You can take subjects like biology, chemistry, life sciences, zoology, botany, math, physics etc at the high school level
- After you pass your high school, you should get a bachelor’s degree in subjects like genetics, microbiology, molecular biology, chemistry etc.
- If you want to be an analyst, it is important that you don’t stop there but also get a master’s degree in any of the above subjects and get specialized in a particular area
- You can also go for a doctoral degree which will help you in research related jobs and you will also get a chance to work as a professor in a university
- You can expand your knowledge by studying further courses like forensic biology, analytical chemistry and toxicology which will improve your skills and increase your scope of the subject
- You must also make sure that you develop skills like good analytical skills, an eye for details, organizational skills and good verbal and written skills.
- Get some training at lower level by working as an intern in diagnostic labs and observe and learn from your superiors
- If you are specifically interested in criminology, then you can get advanced training in forensic DNA analysis which will also both bachelor’s and master’s degree and preferably certification from the American Board of Criminalistics
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