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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.
Growth: Growth
Education Level: Typically, a Bachelor’s Degree from a 4-year college (some are 5 years) is required to be considered for this occupation.
Recommended Skills:
  • Identifying the most appropriate equipment and tools needed to get a job done.
  • Paying attention to what other people are saying, and taking time to understand the points being made.
  • Inspecting and testing products or services to assure they meet the desired specifications.
  • The ability to understand complex written paragraphs, instructions, or reports.
  • Using logic to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
  • Using scientific methods to investigate and conduct experiments.
  • Talking, giving speeches, or speaking in a group to convey information, explain ideas, or give instructions.
  • Composing and communicating your ideas in written form.
Recommended Values:
  • Having the ability to work with equipment or material things.
  • Having a routine job where the duties are very predictable and not likely to change over a long period of time.
  • Create new ideas, programs, things, or anything else not previously developed by another person.
 

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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.