We calculated that 15% of Evidence Technicians are proficient in Law Enforcement, Evidence Collection, and Data Entry. They’re also known for soft skills such as Detail oriented, Math and science skills, and Problem-solving skills.
We break down the percentage of Evidence Technicians that have these skills listed on their resume here:
Most evidence technicians list "law enforcement," "evidence collection," and "data entry" as skills on their resumes. We go into more details on the most important evidence technician responsibilities here: Detail oriented can be considered to be the most important personality trait for an evidence technician to have. According to a evidence technician resume, "forensic science technicians must be able to notice small changes in mundane objects to be good at collecting and analyzing evidence." Evidence technicians are able to use detail oriented in the following example we gathered from a resume: "receive, examine, and store evidence according to specific procedures, create timely, detailed reports. " While it may not be the most important skill, we found that many evidence technician duties rely on math and science skills. This example from a evidence technician explains why: "forensic science technicians need a solid understanding of statistics and natural sciences to be able to analyze evidence." This resume example is just one of many ways evidence technicians are able to utilize math and science skills: "assisted police, dea, and the atf in verifying status and/or information about property and/or evidence. " Problem-solving skills is also an important skill for evidence technicians to have. This example of how evidence technicians use this skill comes from a evidence technician resume, "forensic science technicians use scientific tests and methods to help law enforcement officials solve crimes." Read this excerpt from a resume to understand how vital it is to their everyday roles and responsibilities, "recovered any materials pertinent to the resolution of open criminal cases. " In order for certain evidence technician responsibilities to be completed, the job requires the skill "communication skills." According to an evidence technician resume, "forensic science technicians write reports and testify in court" As an example, this snippet was taken directly from a resume about how this skill applies: "answer emergency & non-emergency telephone calls in the police communication center; record data & critical information on incidents. "
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After discovering the most helpful skills, we moved onto what kind of education might be helpful in becoming an evidence technician. We found that 54.1% of evidence technicians have graduated with a bachelor's degree and 7.4% of people in this position have earned their master's degrees. While most evidence technicians have a college degree, you may find it's also true that generally it's possible to be successful in this career with only a high school degree. In fact, our research shows that one out of every six evidence technicians were not college graduates.
Those evidence technicians who do attend college, typically earn either a criminal justice degree or a business degree. Less commonly earned degrees for evidence technicians include a psychology degree or a general studies degree.
Once you're ready to become an evidence technician, you should explore the companies that typically hire evidence technicians. According to evidence technician resumes that we searched through, evidence technicians are hired the most by Federal Bureau of Investigation, City of Reno, and EFI Global. Currently, Federal Bureau of Investigation has 3 evidence technician job openings, while there are 2 at City of Reno and 1 at EFI Global.
But if you're interested in companies where you might earn a high salary, evidence technicians tend to earn the biggest salaries at Texas A&M; University, EFI Global, and New York State Veterans Home. Take Texas A&M; University for example. The median evidence technician salary is $58,474. At EFI Global, evidence technicians earn an average of $49,798, while the average at New York State Veterans Home is $45,754. You should take into consideration how difficult it might be to secure a job with one of these companies.
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We also looked into companies who hire evidence technicians from the top 100 educational institutions in the U.S. The top three companies that hire the most from these institutions include Baylor University, Northrop Grumman, and Delaware State Fair.