Forensic Science Technicians – Solving Mysteries

Forensic science technicians help investigate crimes by collecting and analyzing physical evidence. Many technicians specialize in either crime scene investigation or laboratory analysis. Most forensic science technicians spend some time writing reports. (BLS.gov, 2014)

Quick Facts: Forensic Science Technicians
2012 Median Pay $ 52,840 per year
$ 25.41 per hour
Entry-Level Education Bachelor’s degree
Work Experience in Related Occupation None
On-the-job Training Moderate-term-on-the-job-training
Number of Jobs 12,900
Job Outlook, 2012-2022 6% (Slower than average)
Employment Change, 2012 – 2022 700

Forensic science technicians usually work full time during normal business hours. It is not unusual for them to become crime scene technicians after on-the-job training occurs.  This may require unusual hours and travel to crime scenes within their jurisdiction.

The Bureau of Labor and Statistics reports that the median annual wage for forensic science technicians in 2012 was $52,840. Employment growth in this industry is slow and competition is intense due to a high level of interest.   A bachelor’s degree in a natural science, either chemistry or biology, is required.