National Institute of Justice

An article and report that discuss work stress and job satisfaction of forensic scientists are available from the National Institute of Justice.

The article, Conditions Affecting Forensic Scientists’ Workplace Productivity and Occupational Stress, is based on a study by Michigan State researchers that measured the prevalence of stress, satisfaction and prospective stressors through a survey of 899 forensics scientists across the U.S.

About 60 percent of scientists surveyed reported they were emotionally drained by their work, and more than 60 percent said they were under a lot of pressure, according to the article. Despite the stress, 85.6 percent of respondents reported being either somewhat satisfied or very satisfied with their jobs.

To read the article and access the report, click here.


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