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Forensic Science Technicians

Forensic Science Technicians
Quick Facts : Forensic Science Technicians*
2010 Median Pay$51,570
Entry Level EducationBachelor's degree
Work Experience in Related OccupationNone
Number of Jobs, 201213,000
Job Outlook19% (About as fast as average)
Employment Change2,400

Forensic science technicians help investigate crimes by collecting and analyzing physical evidence. Most technicians specialize in either crime scene investigation or laboratory analysis. All forensic science technicians prepare written reports that detail their findings and investigative methods.

What Forensic Science Technicians Do

  • Walk through the scene to determine what and how evidence should be collected
  • Take photographs of the crime scene and evidence
  • Keep written notes of their observations and findings, such as the location and position of evidence as it is found
  • Explore possible links between suspects and criminal activity using the results of chemical and physical analyses
  • Consult with experts in related or specialized fields, such as toxicology, about the evidence and their findings

Work Environment

Crime scene investigators may work long hours under distressing conditions. Most laboratory forensic science technicians work full time during normal business hours.
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Job Outlook

Employment of forensic science technicians is projected to grow by 19 percent from 2010 to 2020 along with stiff competition for jobs should because of the substantial interest in forensic science and crime scene investigation.
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The average salary of forensic science technicians in May 2010 was $51,570.
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Becoming a Forensic Science Technicians

The educational requirements for crime scene investigators vary by employer. Forensic science technicians need a bachelor's degree to work in crime labs. Extensive amounts of on-the-job training are required for both those who investigate crime scenes and those who work in labs.
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