The Office of Career Services
Library Building, Room 429 & 430
222-05 56th Avenue
Bayside, NY 11364
Phone: (718) 631-6297
Forensic Science Technicians
|Overview:||Collect, identify, classify, and analyze physical evidence related to criminal investigations. Perform tests on weapons or substances, such as fiber, hair, and tissue to determine significance to investigation. May testify as expert witnesses on evidence or crime laboratory techniques. May serve as specialists in area of expertise, such as ballistics, fingerprinting, handwriting, or biochemistry.|
|Duties:||Forensic Science Technicians will collect evidence from crime scenes, storing it in conditions that preserve its integrity. They use chemicals and other substances to examine latent fingerprint evidence and compare developed prints to those of known persons in databases. They take photographs of evidence,visit morgues, examine scenes of crimes, or contact other sources to obtain evidence or information to be used in investigations. They also reconstruct crime scenes to determine relationships among pieces of evidence.|
|Degree(s):||A.S./B.S. QCC/John Jay Dual/Joint Sciences for Forensics
|Job Outlook:||Employment of forensic science technicians is expected to grow much faster than average through 2018 driven by increasing application of forensic science techniques, such as DNA analysis, to examine, solve, and prevent crime.|
|Education Level:||Typically, a Bachelor’s Degree from a 4-year college (some are 5 years) is required to be considered for this occupation.|
* National data collected by the Department of Labor in 2014 with projections through 2024. For New York green job information please click here.
Understanding acquiring positions in this field may be enhanced through continuing academic study (i.e. earning a baccalaureate or a master's degree) and/or work experience in the field, Queensborough Community College has established transfer agreements with other institutions for students who wish to further pursue their educational goals. Students are highly encouraged to meet with one of our Career Services to fully understand the opportunities available through study in their degree program.