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Digital Forensics Careers

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Many states have identified computer forensics as one of the fastest growing sectors of their IT markets. Texas Workforce Commission data show all sectors of the computer industry growing.

Computer forensics is used by attorneys, private investigators, businesses, government agencies, law enforcement agencies and a wide variety of individuals in need of technical and forensic expertise.

Job titles in the digital forensics field can include:

  • Computer forensics analyst
  • Counterintelligence studies and policy analyst
  • eDiscovery and data restoration specialist
  • eDiscovery and forensics project manager
  • Forensics analyst
  • Forensics consultant
  • Forensic science technician
  • Information systems security analyst
  • Junior software developer
  • Manager of network and data security
  • Security consultant
  • Systems administrator
  • Technology risk management professional

Responsibilities for these positions might include:

  • Performing comprehensive technical analyses and interpreting computer-related evidence on a variety of network environments, software, media and storage systems.
  • Ensuring that collection of evidence and chain of custody processes are achieved consistently with industry best practices.
  • Providing advisory services to enhance forensic and eDiscovery engagements.
  • Acquiring and developing comprehensive knowledge of client operations, processes and business objectives as well as internal operations, and using this information to identify additional opportunities for achieving client objectives.

The U.S. Department of Labor Statistics Occupational Outlook Handbook lists computer support specialists and forensic science technicians among the fastest growing occupations and those projected to have the most job openings through the year 2020 for applicants who have at least an associate degree.

According to America’s Career Infonet, average salaries and projected job growth in Texas are as follows for these careers that may use skills in digital forensics:

Job Median Hourly Rate Median Annual Salary Projected Growth Through 2022
Computer systems analyst $38.66 $80,400 +32%
Computer network support specialist $30.26 $62,900 +14%
Information security analyst $41.87 $87,100 +45%
Network and computer systems administrators $36.54 $76,000 +22%