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How will your computer forensics education stack up?

If you are considering pursuing a computer forensics degree at home, below is relevant information to help you compare the education you will be receiving to that available elsewhere in the country. There are 7 traditional computer forensics schools in the US.

Top Schools

The following schools that have computer forensics programs were ranked top in the nation in 2010:

  1. Southwestern College - located in Winfield, Kansas
  2. Florida State University - located in Tallahassee, Florida
  3. University of Northwestern Ohio - located in Lima, Ohio

Student Demographics

In 2010 in the US, 36 students graduated with degrees in computer forensics. Of these students, 5 graduated from certificate programs in computer forensics and 31 graduated from undergraduate programs in computer forensics.

Academics

Students can pursue education in computer forensics at the following levels:

  • Associate's Degree in Computer Forensics
  • Bachelor's Degree in Computer Forensics
  • Certificate in Computer Forensics

Computer forensics students can hope to gain the following skills and/or knowledge as they pursue their computer forensics degree:

  • Investigative Techniques
  • Reverse Software Engineering
  • Operating Systems
  • Active Listening
  • Computer Programming

Cost

The average tuition at computer forensics schools around the nation was $8,397 per year in 2010. The highest tuition was charged by the following computer forensics schools:

  1. Southwestern College - located in Winfield, Kansas, students paid $19,680
  2. Tri-State Business Institute - located in Erie, Pennsylvania, students paid $13,740
  3. University of Northwestern Ohio - located in Lima, Ohio, students paid $13,400

The computer forensics schools charging the lowest tuition were:

  1. Catawba Valley Community College - located in Hickory, North Carolina, students paid $1,730
  2. Southwestern Community College - located in Sylva, North Carolina, students paid $1,465
  3. Stanly Community College - located in Albemarle, North Carolina, students paid $1,720

How will your computer forensics job compare?

A large number of computer forensics majors work as computer forensic technicians after graduation. According to the government, in 2010 the US had 12,390 computer forensic technicians. The states with the largest populations of computer forensic technicians are:

  1. California - 1,710 Computer Forensic Technicians
  2. Florida - 1,470 Computer Forensic Technicians
  3. Texas - 1,030 Computer Forensic Technicians

Projected Growth

The number of computer forensic technicians is expected to grow the fastest in the following states:

  1. Colorado - 39%
  2. Maryland - 38%
  3. Arkansas - 37%

Salary

Computer forensic technicians in the US can make an average of $51,483 per year. However, the salary for a computer forensic technician can greatly vary based on factors such as your exact job description, work conditions or education. Salaries for computer forensic technicians range from less than $25,580 per year to more than $126,240 per year. On average, a computer forensic technician earns the most in the following states:

  1. Illinois - $72,990 per year
  2. Virginia - $69,860 per year
  3. California - $67,720 per year

On average, a computer forensic technician earns the least in the following states:

  1. West Virginia - $37,610 per year
  2. Arkansas - $39,420 per year
  3. South Carolina - $41,700 per year

 
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So what kind of job can you get after studying
computer forensics?

Below you'll find various popular careers! Compare professions and see which one you find interesting!

Rank Profession Employment Number Avg Salary Job Growth (Past 5 Yrs)
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Forensic Science Technicians 12,390 $55,040 12.3%