While competition for computer forensics jobs will continue to face high competition, the sheer growth of the applications of computers will continue to drive faster than average rates of growth within the field. Let’s take a closer look at what to expect from the job market.
The amount of opportunities for jobs depends on several factors, including level of education, amount of work experience, and breadth of knowledge. First, as computer forensics requires a higher degree of technical skill, it will be important to learn the tools and techniques used by industry practitioners in order to improve your chances of landing a job. A good way to do so is to obtain a degree in computer science or computer forensics, and possibly coursework in business or criminal justice. Since the field of computer forensics brings together computer science, criminal law, and business, having relevant coursework in all three fields is a great way to be relevant in today’s job market.
Another good way to become marketable in the field of computer forensics is to gain job experience. Since many tools and techniques are available for computer forensics practitioners, different organizations may use different techniques when conducting work. Therefore, it is important to understand the different applications of different tools. Getting work experience is a great way to do so.
Salaries for computer forensics practitioners are dependent on years of work experience and level of education. Furthermore, as computers are used in many facets of work, the sector of forensics work is also a determinant in calculating expected salaries of computer forensics practitioners. According to PayScale, average annual salaries for computer forensics analysts range from $39,663 to $55,955 for entry-level jobs. As years of experience increases, potential salaries also increase. Practitioners with over 10 years of experience may receive over $100,000 annually.
The Bureau of Labor Statistics focuses specifically on computer forensics practitioners working as private investigators. The demand for computer forensics practitioners will be a prominent driving force as criminal activities shift to electronic sources. Having technical skills will increase chances of being hired as a private investigator.