|Quick Facts: Forensic Science Technicians|
$61,930 per year
$29.78 per hour
|Moderate-term on-the-job training|
|11% (Much faster than average)|
What Forensic Science Technicians Do
Forensic science technicians aid criminal investigations by collecting and analyzing evidence.
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. On-the-job training is typically required, both for both those who investigate crime scenes and for those who work in labs.
The median annual wage for forensic science technicians was $61,930 in May 2021.
Employment of forensic science technicians is projected to grow 11 percent from 2021 to 2031, 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.
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