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Computer Forensics Schools

As a professor or instructor of computer forensics classes at one of the 6 accredited computer forensics schools in the country, you play a valuable role in shaping the education, and, in effect, the future of this growing field. The trends in the computer forensics academic community can be evaluated by looking at the statistics and graphs below, which includes computer forensics training at the following levels:

  • Computer Forensics Certificate
  • Associates degree in Computer Forensics
  • Bachelors degree in Computer Forensics
  • Masters degree in Computer Forensics


Professional Trends

National Employment growth for Computer forensics professionals

12,310 12,030 11,990 12,870 12,390
2006 2007 2008 2009 2010
  • Dark Yellow: Actual Values

12,390 computer forensics professionals were working in the US in the year 2010. Over the course of the past 4 years, this number has grown by 1%.

This growth is faster than the growth for all careers during the same time period. There was a 1% decline for all careers. This trend is expected to continue over the next 7 years.

National Salary percentiles for Computer forensics professionals

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In 2010, the median salary earned by computer forensics professionals around the nation, was $51,570 per year. This is 19% less than the national median salary for all professions, which was $68,155 per year.

National Median Salary Growth For Computer Forensics

$45,330 $47,680 $49,860 $51,480 $51,570
2006 2007 2008 2009 2010
  • Light Blue: Salaries

Between the years 2006 and 2010, salaries for computer forensics professionals have grown by 14%.

Educational Trends

National Computer Forensics Student enrollment growth by degree

278 290 303 283 315
425 584 660 795 770
0 0 0 0 0
434 517 586 552 523
26 20 20 17 5
2006 2007 2008 2009 2010
  • Yellow: Associate's Degree in Computer Forensics
  • Blue: Bachelor's Degree in Computer Forensics
  • Red: Doctorates Degree in Computer Forensics
  • Light blue: Master's Degree in Computer Forensics
  • Grey: Certificate in Computer Forensics

We are seeing a rapid change in the career outlook for computer forensics professionals. And the story on the educational front is similar. In the US, 1,163 students graduated from computer forensics degree programs in 2006. And in 2010, 1,613 students graduated from computer forensics schools.

This represents a 39% change in the number of graduates. This growth in the number of students graduating from computer forensics courses is greater than the 12% growth nationally for students graduating from institutions of higher learning in general.

Computer Forensics Programs offered Nationwide


The number of schools offering computer forensics programs has decreased. There were 129 computer forensics schools across the country in 2006. And there were 191 schools in 2010.

Computer Forensics Faculty Salaries

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