Employment of forensic science technicians is projected to grow 27 percent from 2014 to 2024, much faster than the average for all occupations. However, because it is a small occupation, the fast growth will result in only about 3,800 new jobs over the 10-year period.
Scientific and technological advances are expected to increase the availability, reliability, and usefulness of objective forensic information used as evidence in trials. As a result, forensic science technicians will be able to provide even greater value than before. Popular media have increased the awareness of forensic evidence among potential jurors, and there is now an expectation that forensic evidence should contribute to many trials. More forensic science technicians will be needed to provide timely forensics information to law enforcement agencies and courts.
However, federal, state, and local budgets will have a large effect on the number of jobs that exist for forensic science technicians. Larger police departments will be more able to staff full-time forensic science technicians, but they, too, may face budget constraints.
Competition for jobs may be strong because of the substantial interest in forensic science and crime scene investigation that has been generated by popular media. Applicants who have both a bachelor's degree in a natural science and a master's degree in forensic science should have the best opportunities.
Forensic Science Technicians
Percent change in employment, projected 2014-24
Forensic science technicians
Total, all occupations
Life, physical, and social science technicians
Note: All Occupations includes all occupations in the U.S. Economy. Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, Employment Projections program