@707 - What you say is pretty much true. My son is a ballistics expert and works for the police department. It is not a glamorous job at all. He's just an ordinary family man.
One disadvantage is that sometimes he is called out in the middle of the night to investigate a gun crime scene. He's used to that, so it's no biggie.
A lot of the time, he works inside. He has to do some work in the lab. When the investigation is over, he has to give testimony in court.
He likes his job and will probably never be layed off.