Forensic Workforce Survey
To that end, SmithGroup’s Forensics group conducted a study to explore the factors that are impacting the future for forensic scientists. We are excited to share our findings with topics that range from workforce satisfaction to priorities for today’s current forensics workforce, with the goal to arm organizational leadership across the country with strategies, trends, and best practices to support an engaged and collaborative culture for the profession.
TOP REASONS WHY U.S. WORKERS LEFT A JOB IN 2021: LOW PAY, NO ADVANCEMENT OPPORTUNITIES
THE GLOBAL WORKFORCE
- The world's population is aging
- In 2020, 41% of the global population was 24 years or younger
- By 2030, that percentage drops to 38.8%
- By 2035, there will be more people over 55 than under 15
Source: Catalyst Generations-Demographic trends in population and workforce. Quick Take (March 2, 2021)
SMITHGROUP FORENSICS SURVEY DEMOGRAPHICS AND RESPONDENT BREAKDOWN AT A GLANCE
With current insight provided by forensic industry staff across the country, we were able to better understand drivers from a broad range and cross section of age groups, levels of experience, and discipline focus.
The survey delved into what brought respondents to the forensics field and what is keeping them in it. Additionally, a list of factors was presented asking them to prioritize them based on importance and satisfaction levels. The responses can be found below.
How can we rethink operations and workspaces to accommodate shifting demographics and values?
The physical and cultural environments within forensics facilities can be an effective strategic tool to attract, retain and inspire talent. They can also support the needs of today and provide flexibility for the future with proper planning and an understanding of where a jurisdiction may be headed.
LOW-HANGING HIRING STRATEGIES
Look beyond the resume | behavioral interview questions for cultural fit and probability of performing a role
Career development | allows employees to feel heard, aspire to a path, retention
Mentorship | particularly important after covid, in a virtual world. Continuous access to learning and leadership … sometimes remotely
Organizational policies / culture / amenities supporting culture