I just ran across this article on Yahoo.com that talks about several jobs that are in demand and pay well, but don’t require a ton of expensive education to get your toe in the door. One of them was that of Forensic Science Technician. I’m assuming that this refers to the “lab rats” on the CSI shows. Here’s their description of the job and the education required, including the expected salary rate:
Forensic Science Technician
You’ve seen the TV shows — these professionals collect and analyze physical evidence and document laboratory methods and findings. Computer skills and attention to detail are crucial as collection and processing of materials must be spot-on to safeguard evidence.
Forensic science technicians should develop a strong base in math and science as preparation for their associate degree, typically earned in applied science or science-related technology. Coursework will include laboratory work and hands-on learning. Once in the field, technicians can choose to specialize in a certain type of analysis or examination.
Median annual earnings: $44,010.