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Forensic Science Schools

As a professor or instructor of forensic science classes at one of the 185 accredited forensic science schools in the country, you play a influential role in shaping the future of this growing field. The trends in the forensic science academic community can be evaluated by looking at the statistics and graphs below, which includes forensic science training at the following levels:


Professional Trends

National Employment growth for Forensic science professionals

12,310 12,030 11,990 12,870 12,390
2006 2007 2008 2009 2010
  • Dark Yellow: Actual Values

In 2010, 12,390 forensic science professionals were working in the US. This number has grown by 1% over the course of the past 4 years.

This growth is faster than the growth for all careers during the same time period. There was a 1% decline for all careers.

National Salary percentiles for Forensic science professionals

10th percentile
25th percentile
50th percentile
75th percentile
90th percentile

Forensic science professionals in the US earned a median salary of $51,570 per year in 2010. This is 19% less than the national median salary for all professions, which was $68,155 per year.

National Median Salary Growth For Forensic Science

$45,330 $47,680 $49,860 $51,480 $51,570
2006 2007 2008 2009 2010
  • Light Blue: Salaries

Between the years 2006 and 2010, salaries for forensic science professionals have grown by 14%.

Educational Trends

National Forensic Science Student enrollment growth by degree

278 290 303 283 289
425 584 660 795 765
0 0 0 0 0
434 517 586 552 523
552 516 402 485 421
2006 2007 2008 2009 2010
  • Yellow: Associate's Degree in Forensic Science
  • Blue: Bachelor's Degree in Forensic Science
  • Red: Doctorates Degree in Forensic Science
  • Light blue: Master's Degree in Forensic Science
  • Grey: Certificate in Forensic Science

We are seeing a rapid change in the career outlook for forensic science professionals. And the story on the educational front is similar. In the US, 1,689 students graduated from forensic science degree programs in 2006. And in 2010, 1,998 students graduated from forensic science schools.

This represents a 18% change in the number of graduates. This growth in the number of students graduating from forensic science courses is greater than the 12% growth nationally for students graduating from institutions of higher learning in general.

Forensic Science Programs offered Nationwide


The number of schools offering forensic science programs has decreased. There were 129 forensic science schools across the country in 2006. And there were 185 schools in 2010.

Forensic Science Faculty Salaries

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