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Computer forensic scientists, investigators, and examiners take jobs with federal, state, and local law enforcement agencies and police departments. Some work for the Department of Homeland Security, the Securities and Exchange Commission, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Department of Defense, the Internal Revenue Service, the Central Intelligence Agency, and the Department of Health and Human Services. In the private sector, computer forensics experts work for private detective agencies, corporate internal security departments, accounting corporations, or computer forensic companies.

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You may be called upon to investigate computer systems and storage following a burglary, break-in, or suspected white collar crime. In legal cases, you may need to provide expert testimony related to the crime. Some computer forensics specialists investigate suspicious employee activities.

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Job candidates typically need to complete a bachelor's degree in accounting, criminal justice, law enforcement, or occupational health and safety. Some colleges and trade schools offer online associates or bachelor's degrees in forensic science. For those seeking advancement to more sophisticated roles or management positions, there are programs at the graduate degree levels in computer forensics, information systems security, network security, or IT management.

Computer Forensics Career Training

In recent years, the focus by federal, state, and local agencies on homeland security have sparked the need for newly trained computer forensic specialists to help fight espionage, white collar corporate misdeeds, and cyber-crime. Overall employment of private detectives and investigators is predicted to grow 18 percent over the 2006 to 2016 decade. *The salary range for computer forensics specialists is from $50,000 to $60,000 a year.

*Bureau of Labor Statistics

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