Forensics Degree & Career Center

September 18, 2020 | Staff Writers

Criminal Justice Degree Schools has a wide collection of forensics degree and forensics career information available to assist you with your research. Here you will find information on the top forensics degrees, careers, schools, and programs. In addition to information on how to land a career in the forensics field, this page will provide you with an idea of what life will be like once you’ve landed your new career. From the challenges and requirements to the benefits and rewards of a forensics career, you will have a solid grasp of what it will take to take to succeed.

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Forensics Degree Information

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Forensics Career Information

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Forensics Salary and Outlook

Because the field of forensics covers such a wide variety of jobs, the salary for those in a forensics career also varies widely, depending on the type of job, location, level of education obtained, and years of experience. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, for example, forensic science technicians earned a reported median annual salary of $56,320 in May 2015 and require a minimum of a bachelor’s degree.1 Forensic psychologists, however, typically hold a doctoral degree, or a minimum of a master’s degree, and their category (“Psychologists, All Other”) earned a median annual salary of $72,580 in 2015.2 In contrast, forensic accountants need a bachelor’s degree and earned a median salary of $67,190 in 2015.3

In general, the outlook for a career in forensics is relatively positive, depending on the field. Forensic science technicians will be in especially high demand over the next several years, with a 27% increase in positions expected in the field between 2014 and 2024.1 That seemingly enormous growth, however, can be put into perspective when considering that the 27% growth amounts to a mere 3,800 new positions over this 10-year period.1

References:
1. US Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Outlook Handbook, Forensic Science Technicians: https://www.bls.gov/ooh/life-physical-and-social-science/forensic-science-technicians.htm
2. US Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Outlook Handbook, Psychologists: https://www.bls.gov/ooh/life-physical-and-social-science/psychologists.htm
3. US Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Outlook Handbook, Accountants and Auditors: https://www.bls.gov/ooh/business-and-financial/accountants-and-auditors.htm

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