A Computer Forensics degree will teach you the protocols and techniques needed to prevent, respond to, minimize,
recover assets, and identify the perpetrators of cyber attacks and cyber security breaches. The field, while still
young, is rapidly growing, making it a great degree choice.
Types of Degrees
Computer Forensics students can pursue an associate degree (2 years), bachelor's degree (4 years), or master's degree
(6-7 years). An associate degree is usually obtained in two years and is less expensive per semester than a
bachelor's degree. Associate degrees allow you to enter the workforce sooner but usually with a lower starting
salary than people holding a bachelor's degree or higher level of education. In the Computer Forensic field, many
working professionals hold at least a bachelor's degree and oftentimes, a master's degree as well.
A high school diploma or equivalent is required, with a strong academic background in computer science, technology,
math, and science coursework helping applicants obtain acceptance into their desired school. Scores from college
entrance exams like the ACT and SAT are usually required. Each school has its own specific requirements, making it
important for you to explore several options before settling on a specific school.
Career Opportunities After Earning A Computer Forensics Degree
The range of career opportunities available to someone with a degree in Computer Forensics include:
- Information Technology Technician
- Internet Security Analyst
- Cybercrime Consultant
Post Graduate Salary Information
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the median salary for an Information Security Analyst was $99,730 in
Note that the average salary varies widely not only depending on career chosen, but depending on geographical
location and the employer. Conditions in your area may vary.
- Bureau of Labor Statistics
- Careers associated with these educational opportunities often require additional degrees and certifications not
offered as part of the educational opportunities presented by this website.