Forensic Science Technician
The typical tasks of Forensic Science Technicians include analyze and examine the physical materials, chemical substances, sample tissue and ballistic trajectory evidence by using testing, measuring, and recording equipment; protect and collect criminal evidence; understand the findings of laboratory and test outcome to recognize and categorize materials, substances and other gathered evidences at crime scene; consult to specialists in handwriting, fingerprinting, documents, medical, electronics, chemical with regards to the interpretation of the evidences; prepares report of findings, laboratory or investigative methods used; give opinion and information to investigators and provide evidence as specialist witnesses on laboratory or evidence methods in hearings.
The required skills for Forensic Science Technician include knowledgeable in finding and recognizing necessary information, ability in searching ways to categorize or sort out numerous pieces of information, proficient in chemistry, reading comprehension, critical thinking, ability in distinguishing the nature of problem, knowledge in inductive reasoning, public safety and security, communication, oral expression and computer skills.
Most Forensic Science Technician work within the building or indoors, generally in crime laboratories and during regular hours. But sometimes they require working beyond regular hours to observe and finish their research at crime scene. They are dealing with physical evidence as a result they are open to odors, chemicals, fumes and diseases. Hence, they must follow the right safety procedures for instance wearing gloves, eyewear, paper shoe and paper suits for their own protection. They are invited oftentimes to court to give expert testimony concerning their methods and findings. Gathering evidence from crime incidents can be painful and horrible.
There are numerous ways to meet the requirements for an employment as a Forensic Science Technician. Most employers give preferentiality to applicants who accomplished at least 2 years of particular training or an associate degree which related in science and technology. Others finished a bachelor’s degree in biology and chemistry. Forensic Science Technician normally requires hands-on training either on the work or in school. They can obtain good job preparation by experiencing or possessing 2 year training programs related to teaching of technical principles and theory with functional applied application in a laboratory determining with the latest equipment. Those who have substantial experience in laboratory and accomplished internships are well eligible or entitled for science technician rank and preferred by other employers.
Other possible designations or titles for Forensic Science Technician profession include Crime Lab Technician, Crime Laboratory Analyst, Crime Specialist, Criminologist, Forensic Ballistics Expert, Fingerprint Expert, Forensic Investigator, Forensic Scientist, Evidence Technician, Lie Detector Operator, Ballistic Technician, Polygraph Examiner and among others.
Most Forensic Science Technician specifically in California has salary ranges from $21 to $26 per hour and the average annual salary is ranges $40,000 to $50,000.