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Forensic Science Technicians
District Of Columbia

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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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Currently Employed: Not Available

Projected Annual Job Openings: Not Available

Typical Hourly Wage: $27.04 - $39.87

Typical Annual Salary: $56,200 - $82,900

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typical training

Typical education needed for entry: Bachelor's degree

Typical work experience needed for a job in this occupation: None

Typical on-the-job training once you have a job in this occupation: Moderate-term on-the-job training

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typical job duties

  • Keep records and prepare reports detailing findings, investigative methods, and laboratory techniques.
  • Collect evidence from crime scenes, storing it in conditions that preserve its integrity.
  • Use chemicals or other substances to examine latent fingerprint evidence and compare developed prints to those of known persons in databases.
  • Interpret laboratory findings or test results to identify and classify substances, materials, or other evidence collected at crime scenes.
  • Testify in court about investigative or analytical methods or findings.
  • Use photographic or video equipment to document evidence or crime scenes.
  • Collect impressions of dust from surfaces to obtain and identify fingerprints.
  • Visit morgues, examine scenes of crimes, or contact other sources to obtain evidence or information to be used in investigations.
  • Reconstruct crime scenes to determine relationships among pieces of evidence.
  • Review forensic analysts' reports for technical merit.

tools & technology


Tools:
  • Biological evidence collection kits
  • Footprint lifters
  • Specimen collection container
  • Tape measures
  • Ultraviolet UV lamps

Technology:
  • Analytical or scientific software
  • Data base user interface and query software
  • Electronic mail software
  • Graphics or photo imaging software
  • Word processing software

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