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Careers in Criminal Justice: Forensic Science Technicians

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Forensic Science Technicians

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Quick Facts: Forensic Science Technicians
2020 Median Pay $60,590 per year
$29.13 per hour
Typical Entry-Level Education Bachelor's degree
Work Experience in a Related Occupation None
On-the-job Training Moderate-term on-the-job training
Number of Jobs, 2020 17,200
Job Outlook, 2020-30 16% (Much faster than average)
Employment Change, 2020-30 2,700

What Forensic Science Technicians Do

Forensic science technicians aid criminal investigations by collecting and analyzing evidence.

Work Environment

Most laboratory forensic science technicians work during regular business hours. Crime scene investigators may work extended or unusual hours and travel to crime scenes within their jurisdiction.

How to Become a Forensic Science Technician

Forensic science technicians typically need at least a bachelor’s degree in a natural science, such as chemistry or biology, or in forensic science. On-the-job training is generally required for both those who investigate crime scenes and those who work in labs.

Pay

The median annual wage for forensic science technicians was $60,590 in May 2020.

Job Outlook

Employment of forensic science technicians is projected to grow 16 percent from 2020 to 2030, much faster than the average for all occupations.

About 2,500 openings for forensic science technicians are projected each year, on average, over the decade. Many of those openings are expected to result from the need to replace workers who transfer to different occupations or exit the labor force, such as to retire.

State & Area Data

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Similar Occupations

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More Information, Including Links to O*NET

Learn more about forensic science technicians by visiting additional resources, including O*NET, a source on key characteristics of workers and occupations.

 

Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, Forensic Science Technicians,
at https://www.bls.gov/ooh/life-physical-and-social-science/forensic-science-technicians.htm. Accessed 16 Dec. 2021.

Last Modified Date: Wednesday, September 8, 2021

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