A career in Forensic Science and Crime Scene Investigation specialty typically requires that applicants hold at minimum a Bachelor's degree in Forensic Science.

Since it is important to know the various techniques to maintaining a clean crime scene and not disturbing potential evidence, most agencies want to be assured that graduates have received ample education through bachelor's level programs.

Even after completion of a bachelor's level program, most organizations require that new employees take part in team training prior to being released to work in the field.

Quality assurance is a major point for any forensic science career, so continuing education and training may also be a part of working as a technician.

Areas of the United States such as California, Florida, Texas, Arizona, and New York have shown higher prevalence for forensic science technicians than other states, likely due to the populations and crime rates of these areas.

The current highest earnings for forensic science technicians can be found in California, where the annual mean wage is $80,150 per year (BLS; 2016).

Take this into consideration when deciding where you want to work and where to find the most opportunity. You should research your respective state to determine the health of the job market prior to enrolling in a degree program.

All Schools with Forensic Science Programs

Programs That May Be Currently Accepting Applicants

California State University Fullerton

  • Certificate in Private Investigation

George Washington University

  • Forensic Investigation
  • Forensic Investigation Certificate

Pima Community College

  • Crime Scene Management Certificate

Prince George's Community College

  • Associate of Science in Investigative Forensics

Scottsdale Community College

  • Crime Scene Investigation Certificate
  • Crime Scene Technology Certificate

St. Petersburg College

  • Bachelor of Science in Crime Scene Technology

UC Riverside Extension

  • Certificate in Crime Scene Investigation

University of Arkansas

Little Rock
  • Crime Scene Technician Certificate

Weber State University

  • Bachelor of Science in Forensic Science - Investigation