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Forensic Science Technicians

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Collect, identify, classify, and analyze physical evidence related to criminal investigations. Perform tests on weapons or substances, such as fiber, hair, and tissue to determine significance to investigation. May testify as expert witnesses on evidence or crime laboratory techniques. May serve as specialists in area of expertise, such as ballistics, fingerprinting, handwriting, or biochemistry.


  • Many science technicians work indoors in laboratory settings, but certain technicians work outdoors, sometimes in remote locations.
  • Most science technicians need some postsecondary training, such as an associate degree or a certificate in applied science or science-related technology; biological and forensic science technicians usually need a bachelor's degree.
  • Overall growth is expected to be about as fast as average, although growth will vary by specialty.
  • Job opportunities are expected to be best for graduates of applied science technology programs who are well trained on equipment used in laboratories or production facilities.


Personality I'm a problem solver
Salary $52,180/yr ($26.09/hr)
Job Outlook Average
Education Bachelors