Also known as Crime Laboratory Analyst, Crime Scene Analyst, Crime Scene Technician (Crime Scene Tech), CSI (Crime Scene Investigator), Evidence Technician, Forensic Science Examiner, Forensic Scientist, Forensic Specialist, Latent Fingerprint Examiner, Latent Print Examiner
Also known as Crime Laboratory Analyst, Crime Scene Analyst, Crime Scene Technician (Crime Scene Tech)
Forensic Science Technicians collect, identify, classify, and analyze physical evidence related to criminal investigations.
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Forensic Science Technicians are often responsible for overseeing or executing some or all of the following tasks:
The above responsibilities are specific to Forensic Science Technicians. More generally, Forensic Science Technicians are involved in several broader types of activities:
The median salary for a Forensic Science Technician is $60,590, and the average salary is $64,890. Both the median and average roughly describe the middle of the Forensic Science Technician salary range, but the average is more easily affected by extremely high or low salaries.
Many Forensic Science Technicians earn significantly more or less than the average, due to several factors. About 10% of Forensic Science Technicians earn less than $36,630 per year, 25% earn less than $46,460, 75% earn less than $79,330, and 90% earn less than $100,910.
Between the years of 2020 and 2030, the number of Forensic Science Technicians is expected to change by 15.1%, and there should be roughly 2,500 open positions for Forensic Science Technicians every year.
Career interests describe a person's preferences for different types of working environments and activities. When a person's interest match the demands of an occupation, people are usually more engaged and satisfied in that role.
Compared to most occupations, those who work as a Forensic Science Technician are usually higher in their Investigative, Realistic, and Conventional interests.
Forensic Science Technicians typically have very strong Investigative interests. Investigative occupations frequently involve working with ideas, and require an extensive amount of thinking. These occupations can involve searching for facts and figuring out problems mentally.
Also, Forensic Science Technicians typically have strong Realistic interests. Realistic occupations frequently involve work activities that include practical, hands-on problems and solutions. They often deal with plants, animals, and real-world materials like wood, tools, and machinery. Many of the occupations require working outside, and do not involve a lot of paperwork or working closely with others.
Lastly, Forensic Science Technicians typically have strong Conventional interests. Conventional occupations frequently involve following set procedures and routines. These occupations can include working with data and details more than with ideas. Usually there is a clear line of authority to follow.
People differ in their values, or what is most important to them for building job satisfaction and fulfillment.
Compared to most people, those working as a Forensic Science Technician tend to value Support, Recognition, and Independence.
Most importantly, Forensic Science Technicians strongly value Support. Occupations that satisfy this work value offer supportive management that stands behind employees.
Second, Forensic Science Technicians moderately value Recognition. Occupations that satisfy this work value offer advancement, potential for leadership, and are often considered prestigious.
Lastly, Forensic Science Technicians moderately value Independence. Occupations that satisfy this work value allow employees to work on their own and make decisions.
Each occupation brings its own set of psychological demands, which describe the characteristics necessary to perform the job well.
In order to perform their job successfully, people who work as Forensic Science Technicians must consistently demonstrate qualities such as integrity, attention to detail, and self-control.
Below, you'll find a list of qualities typically required of Forensic Science Technicians, ranked by importance:
Many Forensic Science Technicians will have a four-year bachelor's degree, but some do not.
Forensic Science Technicians usually need several years of work-related experience, on-the-job training, and/or vocational training.
Forensic Science Technicians may benefit from understanding of specialized subject areas, such as law and government, public safety and security, or chemistry knowledge.
The list below shows several areas in which most Forensic Science Technicians might want to build proficiency, ranked by importance.
Forensic Science Technicians must develop a particular set of abilities to perform their job well. Abilities are individual capacities that influence a person's information processing, sensory perception, motor coordination, and physical strength or endurance. Individuals may naturally have certain abilities without explicit training, but most abilities can be sharpened somewhat through practice.
For example, Forensic Science Technicians need abilities such as flexibility of closure, inductive reasoning, and deductive reasoning in order to perform their job at a high level. The list below shows several important abilities for Forensic Science Technicians, ranked by their relative importance.
Skills are developed capacities that enable people to function effectively in real-world settings. Unlike abilities, skills are typically easier to build through practice and experience. Skills influence effectiveness in areas such as learning, working with others, design, troubleshooting, and more.
Forensic Science Technicians frequently use skills like writing, reading comprehension, and active listening to perform their job effectively. The list below shows several critical skills for Forensic Science Technicians, ranked by their relative importance.
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