Forensic Science Technician

Makaylah Krocza

What does someone in this field do?

Forensic science technicians study physical evidence to solve crimes.

Daily Activities:

  • Identify objects, actions, and events
  • Document and record information
  • Get information needed to do the job
  • Communicate with supervisors, peers, or subordinates
  • Update and use job-related knowledge
  • Make decisions and solve problems
  • Process information
  • Communicate with people outside the organization

Working Conditions:

  • Usually work a 40-hour week.

  • May be required to be on-call to collect evidence at crime scenes. However, most work a set schedule.

  • Work indoors and outside. They also travel to crime scenes by car, usually once a week.

  • Are sometimes exposed to disease or other contaminants contained in physical evidence.

  • Are exposed to hazardous conditions on a weekly basis.

  • Have a medium to high level of social contact. They often work closely with investigators and other experts.

  • Are moderately responsible for the health and safety of others.

Yearly Wages

In Missouri they average about $47,360 annually.

Training required:

  • have a high school diploma or equivalent;

  • have a bachelor's degree in science or a science-related technology; and

  • complete moderate-term, on-the-job training.

Abilities and skills:

  • Use scientific methods to solve problems.

  • Manage the time of self and others.

  • Check how well one is learning or doing something.

  • Be aware of others’ reactions and understand the possible causes.

  • Use several methods to learn or teach new things.

  • Identify a pattern (a figure, object, word, or sound) that is hidden in distracting material.

  • Quickly and accurately compare letters, numbers, objects, pictures, or patterns.

Forensic Science at UWL

Recommended core classes

Math, science and english

Helpful electives:

  • Criminology

  • Forensic Science