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
|Quick Facts: Forensic Science Technicians|
|$57,850 per year
$27.81 per hour
|Moderate-term on-the-job training|
|17% (Much faster than average)|
Forensic science technicians aid criminal investigations by collecting and analyzing evidence. Many technicians specialize in various types of laboratory analysis.
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.
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.
The median annual wage for forensic science technicians was $57,850 in May 2017.
Employment of forensic science technicians is projected to grow 17 percent from 2016 to 2026, much faster than the average for all occupations.