Forensic Science Technicians

What do they do?

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.

Also known as:

Crime Laboratory Analyst, Crime Scene Analyst, Crime Scene Technician (Crime Scene Tech), CSI (Crime Scene Investigator), DNA Analyst (Deoxyribonucleic Acid Analyst), Evidence Technician, Fingerprint Technician, Forensic Document Examiner, Forensic Science Examiner, Forensic Scientist, Forensic Specialist, Forensic Technician, Latent Fingerprint Examiner, Latent Print Examiner

Typical Wages

Annual wages for Forensic Science Technicians in United States

Projected Growth Rate

Employment of Forensic Science Technicians is projected to grow 20 percent from 2016 to 2026, much faster than average compared to all occupations.

Projected Employment

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Projected Employment Rankings For Virginia:

  • 20.3%

    Percent Change

    Ranks #12 in job growth rate
  • 100

    Annual Projected Job Openings

    Ranks #5 in net job growth

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Education Level

  • Doctorate or Professional Degree (2.9%)
  • Master's degree (11.4%)
  • Bachelor's degree (31.6%)
  • Associate's degree (14%)
  • Some college, no degree (21.6%)
  • High school diploma equivalent (15.4%)
  • Less than high school diploma (3%)

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Skills

People in this career often have these skills:

  • Reading Comprehension - Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
  • Active Listening - Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
  • Writing - Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.
  • Speaking - Talking to others to convey information effectively.
  • Critical Thinking - Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
  • Complex Problem Solving - Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.
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Knowledge

People in this career often know a lot about:

  • Law and Government - Knowledge of laws, legal codes, court procedures, precedents, government regulations, executive orders, agency rules, and the democratic political process.
  • Public Safety and Security - Knowledge of relevant equipment, policies, procedures, and strategies to promote effective local, state, or national security operations for the protection of people, data, property, and institutions.
  • English Language - Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
  • Chemistry - Knowledge of the chemical composition, structure, and properties of substances and of the chemical processes and transformations that they undergo. This includes uses of chemicals and their interactions, danger signs, production techniques, and disposal methods.

Abilities

People in this career often have talent in:

  • Inductive Reasoning - The ability to combine pieces of information to form general rules or conclusions (includes finding a relationship among seemingly unrelated events).
  • Flexibility of Closure - The ability to identify or detect a known pattern (a figure, object, word, or sound) that is hidden in other distracting material.
  • Oral Comprehension - The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.
  • Written Comprehension - The ability to read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.
  • Deductive Reasoning - The ability to apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense.
  • Near Vision - The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer).
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Activities: what you might do in a day

People in this career often do these activities:

  • Prepare scientific or technical reports or presentations.
  • Record research or operational data.
  • Analyze forensic evidence to solve crimes.
  • Interpret research or operational data.
  • Testify at legal or legislative proceedings.
  • Document events or evidence, using photographic or audiovisual equipment.
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