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FORENSIC SCIENCE TECHNICIAN

What’s it all about: Forensic science technicians are the people who use the natural sciences to collect, label and analyze the physical evidence at crime scenes. Physical and trace evidence can be fingerprints, weapons, drugs, tissue samples, a piece of clothing, hair, fibers, or glass. Proper collection and storage are important to protect the evidence. After examining the evidence they try to reconstruct the crime scene. They try to determine how all the pieces of evidence fit together in order to link a suspect to the crime. To analyze the evidence a forensic science technician may use microscopes, infrared and ultraviolet light and lasers. They sometimes work outdoors when collecting evidence and work indoors when analyzing evidence. They wear protective and disposable clothing, such as gloves and paper suits.
Forensic science technicians need to have good math and science skills such as using scientific methods to solve problems. They also need good communication skills, reason and problem solving skills, ability to operate and control equipment, and visual perception skills. Forensic science technicians must have at least a bachelor’s degree.
Job outlook is expected to grow as fast as average through the year 2010.
 

Study for success: mathematics, physical sciences, physics, chemistry, biology, anatomy, computer science, communications; minimum of a bachelor’s degree (major in criminalistics or forensic science); advanced positions require a master’s degree and/or doctorate.

Discover more: For more information write to:

American Academy of Forensic Sciences
http://www.aafs.org/ (click on “Education & Employment” then “Career Brochure”)
National Association of Medical Examiners “So You Want to be a Medical Detective?”
http://www.thename.org
Occupational Outlook Handbook
http://stats.bls.gov/oco/ocos115.htm
American Institute of Biological Sciences “What Jobs do Biologists Have?”
http://www.aibs.org/ Select “Education & Outreach” then “Careers in Biology.”

Related jobs: Coroners, fire investigators, occupational health and safety specialists, science technicians, medical lab technologists, FBI agents, police officers, polygraph examiners, private investigator.

For more information contact:

Paulette Howell

Career Development

Auburn Career Center

(440) 357-7542, ext. 239

phowell@auburncc.org

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