Occupational Outlook + Average Salary
Employment for forensic scientists is expected to grow much faster than average compared to all other occupations for the 2008-2018 decade. Employment for forensic scientists is projected to increase by 20%. (2010-2011 Occupational Outlook Handbook, Bureau of Labor Statistics).
Jobs in forensic science are available at the municipal, state and federal levels. Nationwide there is a clear trend toward evidence collection being done by scientists. As with many jobs, the willingness to relocate does increase the chances of finding a job in your field. However, our degree is heavily based in the sciences, so most students can get a biology minor, chemistry minor, or a double major with very little additional coursework. Students completing our degree are well qualified to work as biologists or chemists in private and public sector labs.
Salaries earned by forensic scientists are dependent on degree level. According to the most recent data from the United States Bureau of Labor Statistics, an average salary for forensic scientists was $51,480.