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Forensic Careers

So you think you’re interested in Forensic Careers or Crime Scene Investigation? Ask yourself the following questions . . .

• Are you comfortable working irregular hours?

• Do you enjoy working in potentially dangerous situations?

• Are you willing to look at and handle bodies, tissues and body fluids?

• Would you enjoy working in laboratory setting?

• Do you enjoy taking courses in math and science?

• Do you like paying attention to details?

• Are you analytical?

The Facts About Careers in Forensics

Forensic Careers Facts • These jobs are NOT what you see on T.V. While television may make crime scene investigations seem glamorous the reality is a different story. Crime scene investigation can be technical, very routine, and often gruesome. Forensic technicians are scientists, not police officers. They don't carry a gun or arrest the bad guys.

• Experience is highly regarded so make sure that you gain as much experience as you can to make yourself marketable.

• Science technicians need an associates or a certificate in applied science; forensic technicians need a bachelor’s degree.

• Competition is fierce, however; job growth in this field is faster than average.

• Job opportunities are best for those who are trained on equipment used in laboratories.

How Much Money Can I Make As A Forensic Technician?

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According to the U.S. Department of Labor, in 2007 the median annual salary for a Career in Forensics was $47,680. The salary range for these positions was between $29,170 and $76,440. Your salary may depend on whether you work for a local, state, or federal institution. Your wages may also vary depending on what state you work in, your level of education and the amount of experience you have. Click here to compare the salary of Forensic careers to other career salaries.

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