Forensic Pathology Technician

Career Opportunity in Forensic Science ANDYJ WAS HERE

Job Description

A Forensic pathology technicians job is to assist forensic pathologists in performing autopsies; to receive, identify and release bodies; to maintain a morgue and autopsy room in a clean and orderly manner; and to prepare tissue specimens for histological examination, take and develop radiographs and photographs for use as forensic evidence.

Earnings and Job Outlook

$22.95 - $27.71 Hourly
$1,835.68 - $2,217.12 Biweekly
$3,977.31 - $4,803.76 Monthly
$47,727.68 - $57,645.12 Annually

Employment of forensic science technicians is projected to grow 6 percent from 2012 to 2022, slower than the average for all occupations. Competition for jobs will be strong because of substantial interest in forensic science.

Training/Education Requirements

  • Bachelor’s degree in natural sciences (chemistry or biology), and on the job training is usually required.

  • Master of Health Sciences or a Master of Science in Pathology degree program
  • Expected to be familiar with medical terms and procedures.

Working Conditions

Forensic Pathology Technicians could work in:
  • Police departments and offices
  • Crime laboratories
  • Morgues
  • Medical examiner/coroner offices
You may have to work outside in all weather conditions, and you are typically working with a team while working in a laboratory.

Forensic Pathology Technicians usually work a standard workweek, although they may have to be on call outside of normal business hours to work on an urgent case.

Crime scene investigators are usually the ones to travel the the location of violent crimes.

Personal Characteristics

Important Qualities:
  • good communication skills
  • composure
  • critical thinkers
  • detail oriented
  • math and science skills
  • problem solving skills