How to Become a Forensic Ballistics Expert?

Shiza Sana
Post Category : Science

5/20/2019 3:24:51 PM


How to Become a Forensic Ballistics Expert?

Forensic science largely depends on ones area of specialisation. There are various career options to choose from. Forensic science is a field of science that deals with solving criminal investigation with the help of civil laws by governing and examining the evidence by using scientific methods and following a correct procedure.

The area of forensic science is not limited to one strict type of work, it has different roles and responsibilities to offer. The various career option it offers are related to working directly on the crime scene, some in laboratory, others focus on data/ evidence collection and analysis and research work.

One of the specialised fields of Forensic science is: Forensic Ballistics Expert

Forensic ballistics expert are called to help in the criminal investigations that include bullets or guns or firearms. They help the investigators trace the type of the bullet, when was it fired, its calibre, the distance it was fired from, its place of manufacturing etc. By projecting the scene virtually or physically.

A forensic ballistics expert matches the bullets, fragments and other evidence with the weapons of alleged suspects involved in the case.

The experts may be asked to explain their hypothesis and funding in the courtroom during case trials.

They Study different marks that are left behind by the weapon when fired.



  • Collecting evidence
  • Performing gunshot residue analysis
  • Photographing crime scenes
  • Firing test rounds
  • Writing reports



  • To become a forensic ballistics expert you must have critical and sharp thinking skills.
  • Knowledge of different firearms, ammunitions and processes the ability to handle them.
  • Other important skill a forensic ballistics expert must possess is an eye for details. While inspecting a site you along with your team must be able to look closely to every possible aspect of the incident.
  • Must have good communication skills, as they will be working with different agencies and are required to give detailed account for their discoveries in the case, or during court room testimonies if they are called.
  • Leadership and team building and managing skills
  • An investigatory background as a research assistant will help in the future references.
  • Should be highly analytical to determine accurate findings
  • Patient, effective and focused under pressure and long working hours



  • 10+2 or equivalent from a recognised board with Physics, chemistry, biology or Maths as main subjects.
  • A minimum aggregate of 55%.
  • Forensic ballistics experts must complete their Bachelor’s degree in Forensic science, or relevant experience with natural science. A strong understanding of physics.
  • Some universities conduct their own entrance exams.