Skip navigation

Forensic Science Technicians - 19-4092.00

O*NET-SOC 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.

Sample of Reported Job Titles

  • Crime Laboratory Analyst
  • Crime Scene Analyst
  • CSI (Crime Scene Investigator)
  • Crime Scene Technician (Crime Scene Tech)
  • Evidence Technician
  • Forensic Science Examiner
  • Forensic Scientist
  • Forensic Specialist
  • Latent Fingerprint Examiner
  • Latent Print Examiner

SOC Occupation Groups

Related Occupations

Tasks

  • Analyze gunshot residue and bullet paths to determine how shootings occurred.
  • Collect evidence from crime scenes, storing it in conditions that preserve its integrity.
  • Collect impressions of dust from surfaces to obtain and identify fingerprints.
  • Compare objects, such as tools, with impression marks to determine whether a specific object is responsible for a specific mark.
  • Confer with ballistics, fingerprinting, handwriting, documents, electronics, medical, chemical, or metallurgical experts concerning evidence and its interpretation.
  • Determine types of bullets and specific weapons used in shootings.
  • Examine and analyze blood stain patterns at crime scenes.
  • Examine firearms to determine mechanical condition and legal status, performing restoration work on damaged firearms to obtain information such as serial numbers.
  • Examine physical evidence, such as hair, fiber, wood, or soil residues to obtain information about its source and composition.
  • Identify and quantify drugs or poisons found in biological fluids or tissues, in foods, or at crime scenes.
  • Interpret laboratory findings or test results to identify and classify substances, materials, or other evidence collected at crime scenes.
  • Keep records and prepare reports detailing findings, investigative methods, and laboratory techniques.
  • Operate and maintain laboratory equipment and apparatus.
  • Prepare solutions, reagents, or sample formulations needed for laboratory work.
  • Reconstruct crime scenes to determine relationships among pieces of evidence.
  • Review forensic analysts' reports for technical merit.
  • Testify in court about investigative or analytical methods or findings.
  • Train new technicians or other personnel on forensic science techniques.
  • Use chemicals or other substances to examine latent fingerprint evidence and compare developed prints to those of known persons in databases.
  • Use photographic or video equipment to document evidence or crime scenes.
  • Visit morgues, examine scenes of crimes, or contact other sources to obtain evidence or information to be used in investigations.

Detailed Work Activities

  • Analyze forensic evidence to solve crimes.
  • Collaborate on research activities with scientists or technical specialists.
  • Document events or evidence, using photographic or audiovisual equipment.
  • Interpret research or operational data.
  • Maintain laboratory or technical equipment.
  • Operate laboratory or field equipment.
  • Prepare compounds or solutions for products or testing.
  • Prepare scientific or technical reports or presentations.
  • Record research or operational data.
  • Testify at legal or legislative proceedings.
  • Train personnel in technical or scientific procedures.

Military Crosswalk Titles

No information available.

Apprenticeship Crosswalk Titles

  • Crime Scene Technician

DOT Crosswalk Titles

  • Ballistics Expert, Forensic
  • Criminalist