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College of Engineering & Information Sciences

Computer Forensics Careers Overview

When individuals use computers to embezzle money, steal people's identities, hack into financial institutions, and commit fraud, it is the job of computer forensic specialists to investigate. As a computer forensics specialist you'll be handling the electronic evidence of criminal cases and playing a key role in identifying and prosecuting criminals. The technical, analytical and logic skills and the hands-on experience you'll gain at DeVry University can help open the door to exciting opportunities in the world of computer forensics.

Professional Responsibilities


When you earn your bachelor's degree in Computer Information Systems (CIS) from DeVry University with a specialization in Computer Forensics, you'll be prepared to work with law enforcement personnel and systems, recovering data, breaking codes, and investigating electronic evidence. Professional responsibilities of computer digital/forensic investigators include:

  • Recovering, analyzing, and reporting on data found in computers for investigations and trials
  • Using tools and techniques to locate, extract, and analyze data
  • Decoding encrypted and erased files
  • Analyzing clues
  • Testifying in civil and criminal courts as an expert witness



Computer forensics careers are found across all industries, including:

  • Legal
  • Healthcare technology
  • Government
  • Transportation
  • Pharmaceutical

Career Options


DeVry University graduates in Computer Information Systems with a specialization in Computer Forensics will be prepared for careers in:

  • Prosecutors' offices
  • Government agencies
  • Police departments
  • Consulting firms
  • Hospitals
  • Law firms

The DeVry University Career Advantage


Whether you are looking to attend a traditional campus or an online university, DeVry University is the place where you can gain the skills, credentials, and respect you need to succeed the world of computer forensics. The proof is in the numbers. For the year ending with the October '09 graduates, 80% of U.S. DeVry Computer Information Systems graduates were employed in their field at an average salary of $45,801. (Of graduates who actively pursued and obtained employment and those who were already employed in education-related careers within 180 days of graduation.)