The number of job openings in the forensic field has grown by over 100% since the recession, and the market is expected to grow by almost 50% by 2020, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.
That’s an indication that many jobs are no longer available, said Robert Lohr, president of the UMass-Lowell Crime Lab and a former federal prosecutor who co-authored a book on the field.
The jobs are now filled by specialists who specialize in a range of disciplines.
One of the most popular jobs for forensic scientists is forensic medicine, which involves investigating crimes that involve people who were missing for decades.
It’s a specialty that has been in demand for years and is expanding.
Lohr said the new demand for the field could have a direct impact on the job market.
For example, if the field expands, people who specialize there may need to find a job that doesn’t require a college degree.
Lahr said a major change is the rapid growth of forensic science positions in the past decade, which is largely due to technology.
He said that’s a trend that will continue and that the field needs to keep expanding to accommodate the increase in demand.
For example, he said, if people want to go into forensic science and they are working in the field today, there’s no reason they shouldn’t do forensic science tomorrow.
The demand for forensic science is not limited to the criminal justice system, he added.
The profession is becoming a big part of the civilian workforce, which Lohro said has become a critical element of the economy.
He said the shortage of forensic scientists in the United States, which he believes is due to a lack of training and an inability to recruit, will hurt the economy, as the industry continues to struggle.