Interested in Forensic Science & Technology?
Read this quick Q & A featuring one of our forensic science professors, Bret Little.
Q: How long have you taught FS&T at PC?
A: I have taught at Phoenix College as a full time residential faculty for 15 years
Q: Why is FS&T a good thing to study/good career choice?
A: I love Forensics because it is an applicable science. It’s not just theoretical. It is a great way to use what you learn in school to solve real world problems.
Q: What would you tell a student about the this program if they said they were considering choosing it as a major?
A: It is a great option. This program is great for students who love science and love to solve problems.
Q: Tell me about one of your favorite experiences in a FS&T course.
A: My favorite thing about this program is seeing my students get jobs in the discipline after finishing the program. Seeing them move beyond being my student to becoming my colleague in the field. It is especially fun to be watching the evening news and see a past student of mine walking around in the background at a crime scene doing their work as the television evening news does a story on a local crime or crime scene.
Q: What are your goals for the future of the program?
A: We are offering two new courses in the Fall 2019 semester. They are FOR105 and FOR106. Phoenix College students can now take these courses to meet their natural science general education requirements for graduation and transfer. In the past, I really only got students who were majoring in our program. I look forward now to having students from all sorts of different majors taking forensic courses.
Q: How much can Forensic Scientists or Technologists make here in the greater Phoenix area?
A: There are a lot of different jobs in the field of Forensics. They include latent print technicians, evidence custodians, crime scene investigators, evidence technicians, medico-legal investigators, and forensic scientists. The pay for these jobs usually ranges from about $35,000 annually up to about $110,000 annually.