Forensic Science Technician

Job Description

Forensic science technicians aid criminal investigations by collecting and analysing evidence. Many technicians specialise in either crime scene investigation or laboratory analysis.

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Crime scene investigators may work staggered day, evening, or night shifts and may have to work overtime because they must always be available to collect or analyse evidence. Technicians working in laboratories usually work a standard workweek, although they may have to be on call outside of normal business hours if they are needed to work immediately on a case.


Forensic science technicians typically need at least a bachelor’s degree in a natural science, such as chemistry or biology, or in forensic science. On-the-job training is usually required both for those who investigate crime scenes and for those who work in labs.


  • Analytical
  • Communicator
  • Diligent
  • Educated
  • Focused
  • Meticulous
  • Precise
  • Reliable
  • Technological
  • Thorough

Key Skills

  • Prepare Reports
  • Composure
  • Critical Thinking
  • Math and Science skills
  • Problem Solving skills
  • Methodical
  • Familiarity with the law and legal system

Future Prospects

Those pursuing careers as forensic science technicians may be interested in related occupations that involve;

  • Law Enforcement
  • Forensic Science
  • Law Enforcement Detective
  • Chemist