Computer Security & Forensics Degrees

Degrees in computer security and forensics are growing in popularity due to a heightened awareness of security issues and vulnerabilities. Many schools now offer degree programs at all education levels to train students to work as computer scientists and forensic experts. If you’re passionate about science, computers, and keeping important information out of the hands of hackers and cybercriminals, earning a degree in computer security and forensics will prepare you to do so.

My Degree – What It’s Good For

A degree in this field is quite versatile. Your skills can be used in a variety of settings. Government agencies, public and private organizations, and many other industries look for computer and forensic professionals to fill a number of different positions. Below are just a few of the many opportunities available with this degree:

  • Engineer
  • Networking or System Administrator
  • Programmer or Software developer
  • Quality Assurance (QA), System analyst or Tester
  • Security expert
  • Technical Support (Technician or Help Desk)
  • Technical Writing

My Earning Potential

Your earning potential will vary and is determined by a number of factors including where you live, your employer, years of experience, and area of specialization. Given the diverse nature of this field, salaries are difficult to peg exactly, but you can expect a decent wage with the right training and experience. For example, software developers earned $92,080 in May 2011, according to The Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Featured Tech Schools and Computer/IT Degrees

Kaplan University AAS: IT
BS: IT/Information Systems
MS: IT
Kaplan University - Kaplan University is regionally accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and is one of the largest schools in the US. While not strictly a technical school, they do offer dozens of degrees in the field of technology like the AAS, BS, and MS in Information Technology. The distance learning programs make it easy for students to attend class and balance work and their personal life.
Liberty University MS: Info Systems Mgmt
MS: Cyber Security
Liberty University - Liberty University is the nation's largest Christian school and is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. Liberty University is not a technical school although students can pursue related online degree programs like an MS in Information Systems Management or an MS in Cyber Security.
Ashford University BA: Business Info Systems
MBA: Info Systems
Ashford University - Ashford U is accredited by WASC Senior College and University Commission, 985 Atlantic Ave, Ste 100, Alameda, California 94501, (510) 748-9001, wascsenior.org. Over 50 degree programs available online and a committed staff and faculty make Ashford University the ideal choice for over 42,000 students. Ashford offers many programs related to technology and computers like the BA in Business Information Systems.

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