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Forensic Science Technician Overview - Preparation - Day In The Life - Earnings - Employment - Career Path Forecast - Professional Organizations

Forensic science technicians usually need to have earned a bachelor's degree to work in the field. There are also several master's degree programs, and some certificate programs that are usually offered in conjunction with a bachelor's degree program in science.

Accredited Programs
Approximately 30 colleges and universities offer a bachelor's degree program in forensic science; about another 25 schools offer a bachelor's degree in a natural science with an emphasis on forensic science or criminology; a few additional schools offer a bachelor's degree with an emphasis in a specialty area, such as criminology, pathology, jurisprudence, investigation, odontology, toxicology, or forensic accounting.  In the United States, forensic science programs are accredited by the
American Academy of Forensic Sciences Forensic Science Education Programs Accreditation Commission (FEPAC).  

Precollege Prep
People interested in careers as science technicians should take as many high school science and math courses as possible. Science courses taken beyond high school, in an associate or bachelor's degree program, should be laboratory oriented, with an emphasis on bench skills. A solid background in applied chemistry, physics, and math is vital.

Other Skills
Communication skills are important because technicians are often required to report their findings both orally and in writing. In addition, technicians should be able to work well with others. Because computers often are used in research and development laboratories, technicians should also have strong computer skills, especially in computer modeling. Organizational ability, an eye for detail, and skill in interpreting scientific results are important as well, as are a high mechanical aptitude, attention to detail, and analytical thinking.

Note: Some resources in this section are provided by the US Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics.



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