#9 Forensic Chemical Technician
According to the latest figures that are available, the entry-level educational requirements for a chemical technician, which includes forensic chemical technicians in labs, is just over $20 an hour — not bad, when you consider that an associate’s degree is of the bar to entry to the field. Of course, as with most science degrees, particularly in forensics, the amount of on-the-job training and continuing educational work that is required may be substantial. Many crime scene workers and forensic personnel, however, consider this to be one of the best perks of the job.
In the last year for which figures are available, there were just over 60,000 such positions available in the United States. The growth in this sector, compared to others in the field like forensic science technicians (which are geared more specifically to the crime lab), is slower than average. This might be something you consider when choosing which degree when you enter the field. It might be better, in the long run, the shoot for a full bachelors in chemistry. It will open more doors for you, and make upward advancement in the crime lab much easier when openings become available.