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States with forensic science schools

How will your forensic science education stack up?

Take a few moments to compare how the forensic science education in your home state compares with that of other states in the nation. The US has 194 brick and mortar forensic science schools.

Top Schools

In 2010, the top schools in the country with forensic science programs were:

  1. Boston University - located in Boston, Massachusetts
  2. Texas A & M University - located in College Station, Texas
  3. University of California-Davis - located in Davis, California

Student Demographics

In 2010, degrees in forensic science were earned by 1,998 students in the US. Of these students, 421 received certifications in forensic science, 1,054 received an undergraduate degree in forensic science, and 523 received a graduate-level degree in forensic science.


Students can pursue education in forensic science at the following levels:

  • Associate's Degree in Forensic Science
  • Bachelor's Degree in Forensic Science
  • Master's Degree in Forensic Science
  • Certificate in Forensic Science

During the course of their forensic science education, students can hope to gain the following skills and/or knowledge:

  • Communication
  • Cyber Crime
  • DNA Analysis
  • Forensic Chemistry
  • Social Perceptiveness


In 2010, forensic science schools around the nation charged an average tuition of $20,153 per year. The highest tuition was charged by the following forensic science schools:

  1. George Washington University - located in Washington, Washington DC, students paid $41,655
  2. Boston University - located in Boston, Massachusetts, students paid $38,440
  3. Northeastern University - located in Boston, Massachusetts, students paid $35,362

The lowest tuition was charged by the following forensic science schools:

  1. Fayetteville State University - located in Fayetteville, North Carolina, students paid $3,177
  2. University of Central Florida - located in Orlando, Florida, students paid $4,526
  3. University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff - located in Pine Bluff, Arkansas, students paid $4,796

How will your forensic science job compare?

A large number of forensic science majors work as forensic science technicians after graduation. The US Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates that in 2010, 12,390 forensic science technicians were working in the US. The largest populations of forensic science technicians are in the following states:

  1. California - 1,710 Forensic Science Technicians
  2. Florida - 1,470 Forensic Science Technicians
  3. Texas - 1,030 Forensic Science Technicians

Projected Growth

The number of forensic science technicians is expected to grow the fastest in the following states:

  1. Colorado - 39%
  2. Maryland - 38%
  3. Arkansas - 37%


In the US, a forensic science technician earns on average $51,483 per year. However, the salary for a forensic science technician can greatly vary based on factors such as location, seniority or your exact job description. Approximately 10 percent of forensic science technicians earn less than $25,580 per year, while another 10 percent earn more than $126,240 per year. Forensic science technicians in the following states make the highest salaries on average:

  1. Illinois - $72,990 per year
  2. Virginia - $69,860 per year
  3. California - $67,720 per year

On average, a forensic science technician earns the least in the following states:

  1. West Virginia - $37,610 per year
  2. Arkansas - $39,420 per year
  3. South Carolina - $41,700 per year

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So what kind of job can you get after studying
forensic science?

Below you'll find various popular careers! Compare professions and see which one you find interesting!

Rank Profession Employment Number Avg Salary Job Growth (Past 5 Yrs)
Forensic Science Technicians 12,390 $55,040 12.3%