Forensic Science Technicians

6.5/10 job score
risk level
by 2030
or $29.13 hourly
as of 2020

What is the risk of automation?

We calculate this occupation to have an automation risk score of 25% (No worries)

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Qualities required for this occupation:
Finger Dexterity
Social Perceptiveness
Manual Dexterity
very important
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What do you think the risk of automation is?

How likely do you think this occupation will be taken over by robots/AI within the next 20 years?

How quickly is this occupation growing?

The number of 'Forensic Science Technicians' job openings is expected to rise 15.6% by 2030
'Forensic Science Technicians' is expected to be a very fast growing occupation in comparison to other occupations.
* Data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics for the period between 2020 and 2030.
Updated projections are due Sep 2022.

What are the median wages for 'Forensic Science Technicians' in the United States?

In 2020 the median annual wage for 'Forensic Science Technicians' was $60,590, or $29.13 hourly
'Forensic Science Technicians' are paid 44.4% higher than the national median wage, which stands at $41,950
* Data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics

How many people are employed as forensic science technicians?

As of 2020 there were 16,640 people employed as Forensic Science Technicians within the United States.
This represents around 0.012% of the employed workforce across the country.
Put another way, around 1 in 8 thousand people are employed as Forensic Science Technicians.

Job description

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.

SOC Code: 19-4092.00

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E.L. (Small chance) says
I somewhat agree with the percentage. Robots would make human error less likely and the data from getting contaminated; however, common knowledge, in my opinion, would be more difficult for robots to interpret.
Sep 09, 2020 at 08:29 PM
Mariana (Small chance) says
While some of the work I do is repetitive, most of it involves critical analysis of data, and retrieving this data with careful preparation that requires dexterity, while being able to do so in a variety of different environments, which ideally should be minimally disturbed and which may be unsafe. That's too many different things to ask a robot to do.
Jul 21, 2020 at 02:04 AM

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