Earning a bachelor's degree can lead to a career as a forensic science technician

Students can earn a bachelor's degree to become a forensic science technician.
Students can earn a bachelor's degree to become a forensic science technician.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), individuals who complete higher education requirements can land a position in the fast-growing forensic science technician field. Employment opportunities are expected to grow by about 20 percent through 2018, which is much faster than average for all occupations.

Forensic science technicians collect, identify, classify and analyze evidence from crime scene investigations. These professionals may perform tests on weapons or smaller items such as hair, fiber or tissue in order to see how they may relate to the crime. Some individuals may choose to specialize in one area of the field, such as ballistics, handwriting, fingerprinting or biochemistry, according to the BLS.

An individual who wants pursue a job in this industry must have a bachelor's degree in forensic science or another discipline of natural science.

According to PayScale, while the salary for forensic science technicians is usually competitive, it largely depends on the state in which a professional works. For example, while individuals in New York earn up to $86,000 per year, in Florida the annually salary may be as much as $51,000.

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