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Created with Fabric.js 1.4.5 Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2014-15 Edition, Forensic Science Technicians, on the Internet at http://www.bls.gov/ooh/life-physical-and-social-science/forensic-science-technicians.htm (visited January 20, 2015). How many jobs are therein the occupation currently?Is the occupation projected to grow, decline,or remain unchanged? Why? Number of Jobs in 2012:12,900. Employment of forensic sciencetechnicians is projected to grow 6 percent from 2012 to 2022, slower than the average for alloccupations. Competition for jobs will bestrong because of substantial interest in forensic science. The median annual wage for forensic science technicians in May 2012 was $52,840 PAY How much does this occupation pay?What do the top 10 percent earn? What do the bottom 10 percent earn? What is the necessaryeducation and/or training? Forensic Anthropology Forensic science technicianstypically need at least a bachelors degree in thenatural sciences, suchas chemistry or biology.Students who major in forensic scienceshould ensure that their program includesextensive course work in mathematics, chemistry,and biology. Students who attend more general naturalscience programs should make an effort to take classesrelated to forensic science. Forensic science technicians typicallyneed at least a bachelors degree in thenatural sciences, such as chemistry orbiology. Students who major in forensicscience should ensure that their programincludes extensive course work inmathematics, chemistry, and biology.Students who attend more general naturalscience programs should make an effort totake classes related to forensic science. Important Qualities 1. Communication skillsForensic science technicians write reports andtestify in court. They often work with other lawenforcement and specialists.2. Composure.Crime scenes are often the results of acts ofviolence and destruction, but technicians haveto maintain their professionalism and objectivity.3. Critical-thinking skills.Forensic science technicians use their bestjudgment when matching physical evidence, suchas fingerprints and DNA, to suspects.4. Detail oriented.Forensic science technicians must be able tonotice small changes in mundane objects to begood at collecting and analyzing evidence.5. Math and science skills.Forensic science technicians need a solidunderstanding of statistics and natural sciences tobe able to analyze crime scene evidence.6. Problem-solving skills.Forensic science technicians use scientific testsand methods to help law enforcement officialssolve crimes. For more information about forensic science techniciansand related specialists, visitAmerican Academy of Forensic SciencesAmerican Board of CriminalisticsAmerican Board of Medicolegal Death InvestigatorsAssociation of Firearm and Tool Mark ExaminersInternational Crime Scene Investigators Association
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