|Quick Facts: Forensic Science Technicians|
|2010 Median Pay||
$51,570 per year
$24.79 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, 2010||13,000|
|Job Outlook, 2010-20||19% (About as fast as average)|
|Employment Change, 2010-20||2,400|
Forensic science technicians help investigate crimes by collecting and analyzing physical evidence. Most technicians specialize in either crime scene investigation or laboratory analysis.
Crime scene investigators may work long hours under distressing conditions. Most laboratory forensic science technicians work full time during normal business hours.
Educational requirements for crime scene investigators vary by employer. Forensic science technicians who work in laboratories need a bachelor’s degree.
The median annual wage of forensic science technicians was $51,570 in May 2010.
Employment of forensic science technicians is expected to grow by 19 percent from 2010 to 2020, about as fast as the average for all occupations. Competition for jobs will be strong because of substantial interest in forensic science.
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