The U.S. Bureau of Labor and Statistics has predicted that employment opportunities for forensic science technicians will grow 17 percent from 2016 through 2026

The U.S. Bureau of Labor and Statistics has predicted that employment opportunities for forensic science technicians will grow 17 percent from 2016 through 2026

https://www.bls.gov/ooh/life-physical-and-social-science/forensic-science-technicians.htm

Quick Facts: Forensic Science Technicians
2017 Median Pay $57,850 per year
$27.81 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, 2016 15,400
Job Outlook, 2016-26 17% (Much faster than average)

What Forensic Science Technicians Do

Forensic science technicians aid criminal investigations by collecting and analyzing evidence. Many technicians specialize in various types of laboratory analysis.

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 $57,850 in May 2017.

Job Outlook

Employment of forensic science technicians is projected to grow 17 percent from 2016 to 2026, much faster than the average for all occupations.