Cold case: Industry growth is expected increase at a slower rate due to lower crime and incarceration rates

The Forensic Technology Services industry, which provides a variety of forensic services used in criminal investigations, has rebounded to steady growth over the five years to 2017. The industry's growth has been facilitated by the rapid technological changes that have revolutionized every facet of forensic services, making forensic evidence an indispensable part of most criminal investigations. The introduction of high-tech biometrics technology, especially pertaining to forensic DNA analysis, has been essential to the growth of the industry, enabling scientists to extract larger quantities of value data from smaller DNA samples...purchase to read more.

Industry Statistics & Market Size
Annual Growth 12-17
Forecast Growth 17-22
Market Share of Companies

Industry Threats & Opportunities

  • The industry’s growth has been facilitated by the rapid technological changes that have revolutionized every facet of forensic services
  • The scope of technological change in forensic analysis has driven demand for industry services
  • Government consumption and investment is forecast to increase over the next five years
  • Industry Report - Industry Investment Chapter

    The Forensic Technology Services industry has a low level of capital intensity. IBISWorld estimates that the average industry operator will spend $0.06 on capital for every $1.00 spent on labor in 2017. To operate, forensic laboratories require technologically advanced and expensive equipment, such as high-powered microscopes, evidence-drying machines and latent-print development machines. While these capital costs are expensive, they are small in comparison to industry labor costs. Forensic technology services are carried out by highly skilled forensic science technicians, many of whom have advanced degrees. In addition, the majority of industry employees are trained to be specialists in a specific field of forensic science. As ...purchase to read more.

    Additional Insights for the Forensic Technology Services Industry

    IBISWorld identifies 250 Key Success Factors for a business.The most important for the Forensic Technology Services Industry are

  • Accreditation from the ASCLD/LAB
  • Access to a highly skilled workforce
  • Proximity to key markets
  • IBISWorld analysts also discuss how external factors such as Local and state government investment and Government consumption and investment in the Forensic Technology Services industry impact industry performance..

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    What is the Forensic Technology Services Industry?

    Companies in this industry provide database forensics and testing services, such as biometrics, fingerprinting and DNA testing. Other testing services include forensic biology, forensic toxicology immunoassay (drug testing), testing for controlled substances and ballistics testing using analytical instruments.

    Industry Products
  • Forensic biology
  • Controlled substances
  • Toxicology
  • Latent prints
  • Crime scene
  • Firearms
  • Trace evidence
  • Industry Activities
  • Database forensics services
  • Biometric testing
  • Fingerprint analysis
  • Forensic DNA testing
  • Forensic biology testing
  • Forensic toxicology immunoassay (drug testing)
  • Controlled substance testing
  • Ballistics testing
  • Table of Contents

    Industry Definition
    Main Activities
    Similar Industries
    Additional Resources
    Industry Statistics Snapshot
    Industry Structure
    Executive Summary
    Executive Summary
    Key External Drivers
  • Local and state government investment
  • Government consumption and investment
  • Crime rate
  • Incarceration rate

  • Current Performance
  • Technological advances spur demand
  • Changing industry landscape
  • Chart: Revenue Growth

  • Industry Outlook
  • Government funding to rise
  • Tackling the backlog
  • Changes in industry structure persist
  • Table: Forensic Technology Services Industry Revenue Outlook

  • Industry Life Cycle
  • Life cycle reasons
  • Chart: Benchmarking - Forensic Technology Services Industry Lifecycle vs The Economy

  • Supply Chains
    Key Buying Industries
  • Public Administration

  • Key Selling Industries
  • Inorganic Chemical Manufacturing
  • Laboratory Supply Wholesaling
  • Organic Chemical Manufacturing

  • Products & Services
  • Controlled substances
  • Other
  • Forensic biology
  • Latent prints
  • Firearms
  • Trace evidence
  • Crime scene
  • Toxicology
  • Chart: Forensic Technology Services Industry Products and Services Segmentation

  • Demand Determinants
    Major Markets
  • State governments
  • County governments
  • Municipal governments
  • Federal government
  • Chart: Major Market Segmentation for the Forensic Technology Services Industry

  • International Trade
    Business Locations
    Chart: Business Locations by State
    Market Share Concentration
    Key Success Factors
    Cost Structure Benchmarks
    ProfitWagesPurchasesOther expenses
  • Chart: Cost Structure Benchmarking – Sector vs Forensic Technology Services

  • Basis of Competition
    Barriers to Entry
  • Table: Barrier to Entry Checklist for the Forensic Technology Services Industry

  • Industry Globalization
    FBI, Laboratory Corporation of America Holdings,
  • Table: FBI - financial performance
  • Table: Laboratory Corporation of America Holdings - financial performance

  • Capital Intensity
  • Chart: Level of Capital Intensity for the Forensic Technology Services Industry
  • Chart: Tools of the Trade: Growth Strategies for Success

  • Technology & Systems
    Revenue Volatility
  • Chart: Volatility vs Industry Growth

  • Regulation & Policy
    Industry Assistance
    Table: Industry Data for the Forensic Technology Services Industry
  • Industry Revenue (2008-2022)
  • Industry Gross Product (2008-2022)
  • Establishments (2008-2022)
  • Businesses (2008-2022)
  • Employment (2008-2022)
  • Wages (2008-2022)
  • Local and state government investment (2008-2022)

  • Table: Annual Percentage Change for Key Industry Data
    Table: Key Ratios for Industry Key Data
    Dna Sequencer
  • A scientific instrument used to automate the DNA sequencing process.
  • Electrophoresis System
  • Equipment used to process the separation of substances, especially proteins, and analyze molecular structure.
  • Forensic Biology
  • The application of biology to law enforcement, including various subdisciplines related DNA and protein analysis.
  • Forensic Chemistry
  • The application of chemistry to law enforcement to reveal what chemical changes occurred during an incident and help reconstruct the sequence of events.
  • Picogram
  • One trillionth of a gram.
  • Spectrophotometer
  • Laboratory equipment used to measure the intensity of light in a part of the spectrum, especially as transmitted or emitted by particular substances.
  • Thermocycler
  • Laboratory equipment used to amplify segments of DNA.
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    • Historical data and analysis for the key drivers of this industry
    • A five-year forecast of the market and noted trends
    • Detailed research and segmentation for the main products and markets
    • An assessment of the competitive landscape and market shares for major companies
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