Forensic Scientist

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 a Related Occupation None
On-the-job Training Moderate-term on-the-job training
Number of Jobs, 2012 12,900
Job Outlook, 2012-22 6% (Slower than average)
Employment Change, 2012-22 700

What Forensic Science Technicians Do

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.

Work Environment

Most laboratory forensic science technicians work full time during normal business hours. Crime scene investigators may work long 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 the natural sciences, such as chemistry or biology. On-the-job training is usually required for both those who investigate crime scenes and those who work in labs.


The median annual wage for forensic science technicians was $52,840 in May 2012.

Job Outlook

Employment of forensic science technicians is projected to grow 6 percent from 2012 to 2022, slower than the average for all occupations. Competition for jobs will be strong because of substantial interest in forensic science.


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