This occupation has an extremely low probability of automation.

0.95% probability

of automation

16.8% growth

projected to 2026

15,400 employed

currently in the US

$60,690 annual wage

US, median ($29.18 hourly)

What they do

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.

Risk of automation

This occupation is 0.95% likely to be automated. It ranks 49 of 702 occupations analyzed (higher rank means higher likelihood).

People affected and economic value

In the US, 15,400 people have this job. They earn $60,690 per year on average (the mean annual wage). The occupation therefore represents $934,626,000 in annual economic value. The mean hourly wage for this occupation is $29.18.

Official growth forecast

This occupation is projected to grow 16.8% between 2016 and 2026. At this rate, there would be 18,000 people with this job at that time.

References and notes

This article uses data from "The Future of Employment" (PDF), a 2013 study from University of Oxford researchers, and US Bureau of Labor Statistics files including Standard Occupational Classification 2010 Definitions (XLS), May 2016 Occupational Employment Statistics (zip) and 2016-2026 Employment Projections (XLS).