Forensic Science Technicians

risk level
Based on 172 votes
by year 2032
or $30.64 per hour
as of 2022

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Automation risk

35% (Low Risk)

Low Risk (21-40%): Jobs in this level have a limited risk of automation, as they demand a mix of technical and human-centric skills.

More information on what this score is, and how it is calculated is available here.

Some quite important qualities of the job are difficult to automate:

  • Finger Dexterity

  • Social Perceptiveness

  • Manual Dexterity

  • Originality

User poll

32% chance of full automation within the next two decades

Our visitors have voted there's a low chance this occupation will be automated. This assessment is further supported by the calculated automation risk level, which estimates 35% chance of automation.

What do you think the risk of automation is?

What is the likelihood that Forensic Science Technicians will be replaced by robots or artificial intelligence within the next 20 years?


The following graph(s) are included wherever there is a substantial amount of votes to render meaningful data. These visual representations display user poll results over time, providing a significant indication of sentiment trends.

Sentiment over time (yearly)


Very fast growth relative to other professions

The number of 'Forensic Science Technicians' job openings is expected to rise 11.4% by 2032

Total employment, and estimated job openings

* Data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics for the period between 2021 and 2031
Updated projections are due 09-2023.


High paid relative to other professions

In 2022, the median annual wage for 'Forensic Science Technicians' was $63,740, or $30 per hour

'Forensic Science Technicians' were paid 37.6% higher than the national median wage, which stood at $46,310

Wages over time

* Data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics


Lower range of job opportunities compared to other professions

As of 2022 there were 17,590 people employed as 'Forensic Science Technicians' within the United States.

This represents around < 0.001% 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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skye (Uncertain) says
this job should not be taken over because i am a sigma and i need to do this job :)
Apr 25, 2024 at 01:23 PM
E.L. (Low) 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 (Low) 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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