Forensic Science Technicians:

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.

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About the Job

Indiana Average Salary $54,190.00
Average Time to Fill 0 days
Typical Education Associate's degree
Typical Experience Over 2 years, up to and including 4 years
10 Year Projected Openings (2016-2026) 347
10 Year Expected Percentage Change (2016-2026) 15.66 %

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Skills Profile

Essential (Soft) Skills

Essential Skills to Employers

Attention to Detail
Information Gathering
Critical Thinking
Work Ethic
Written Communication
Numerical and Arithmetic Application

Top Job Duties and Responsibilities

Analyzing Data or Information

Conduct standardized qualitative laboratory analyses
Analyze biological material samples
Test chemical or physical characteristics of materials or products
Analyze blood samples
Examine biological material specimens
Analyze chemical or biological data
Conduct standardized quantitative laboratory analyses
Perform statistical analysis or modeling
Analyze organic compounds
Identify problems using mathematical or statistical methods
Perform biological testing
Analyze scientific or investigative findings
Analyze chemical compounds or substances
Analyze forensic or crime scene evidence
Analyze forensic evidence to solve crimes
Isolate microorganisms
Determine object trajectories
Monitor chemical action of substances
Analyze laboratory specimens to detect abnormalities or other problems
Perform handwriting analysis
Perform scientific research
Prepare data for analysis
Analyze laboratory findings
Determine condition of plants, flowers, shrubs or trees
Apply mathematical principles or statistical approaches to solve problems in scientific or applied fields
Forecast phenomena based on statistical or mathematical research data
Perform health, safety, and environment (HSE) related research
Perform medical research
Interpret medical laboratory test results
Interpret research or operational data
Calculate medical diagnostic test results
Analyze medical or health data
Analyze ecosystem data
Analyze social or economic data
Examine test data or images to inform diagnosis or treatment
Analyze environmental data
Determine nutritional needs or diet restrictions
Evaluate designs or specifications to ensure quality

Handling and Moving Objects

Prepare sample for laboratory testing, analysis, or microscopy
Prepare biological samples for testing or analysis
Prepare compounds or solutions for products or testing
Set-up laboratory or field equipment
Cultivate microorganisms for study, testing, or medical preparations
Collect samples for analysis or testing
Collect blood or tissue samples
Sterilize laboratory, medical, or veterinary equipment or instruments
Collect biological specimens
Prepare medical supplies or equipment for use
Mix chemicals safely according to instructions
Don/Doff medical Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)
Prepare sterile solutions, infusions, or intravenous packs
Adjust medical or medical laboratory equipment
Mix medical solutions safely according to instructions
Reassemble equipment after repair
Disassemble equipment for maintenance or repair
Adjust vehicle components according to specifications
Align equipment or machinery
Set mechanical or electrical controls or components
Adjust equipment to ensure optimal performance

Getting Information

Conduct laboratory research or experiments
Collect scientific or technical data
Collect statistical data
Conduct field research
Conduct biological research
Research agricultural processes or practices
Conduct medical laboratory tests
Perform chemical or chemistry research
Perform mathematical or statistical research
Gather physical evidence
Perform crime scene reconstruction
Conduct legal searches or investigations
Review information from formulas or processing charts
Read vehicle related operating, service, or repair manuals
Review industrial, production, or manufacturing work orders
Analyze evidence or facts
Research new technologies
Research topics for educational or entertainment programs
Review art or design materials
Read service or repair manuals associated with precision equipment operation or maintenance
Read operating, service, or repair manuals related to medical equipment
Review facts to determine if criminal act or statue violation is involved
Examine related files, records, or data to investigate criminal activities
Conduct vivisection for scientific research
Collect clinical data
Interpret installation, maintenance, or repair information from schematics or technical drawings
Review installation, maintenance, or repair work orders
Review installation, maintenance, or repair codes and specifications
Review artistic or design related work orders
Examine characteristics or behavior of living organisms
Research human or animal disease or parasites
Review engineering data or reports
Obtain technical support instructions from scientists or engineers

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