Technologists in Forensic Labs focus on drug screening working within or between three divisions:
Immunoassays screening usually urine samples
Testing is mostly through machine automation
Sometimes use Mass Spectrometry to confirm positive samples
Biochemistry backgrounds do well here
Extracts confirming samples for analysis using gas or liquid chromatography with mass spectrometry. The actual chromatography and mass spectrometry are performed in instrumentation.
Organic extractions, pulling drug out of samples to isolate for analysis
Similar to bench chemistry, not analytical
Traditional organic chemistry experience/ interest does well here
Set up on GCM and GLC/MS
Perform chromatography and mass spectrometry on extracted samples
Run methods, looking at data, analyzing and reporting results, verifying each other's work
Analytical chemistry experience/interest does well here
All the work is highly regulated and SOP based
Provides opportunity for excellent foundational experience and work experience.
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