Computer & Digital Forensics Career Success

Why Computer & Digital Forensics?

It's not if you're going to have a breach, it's when. When it happens, employers need a digital forensics examiner to analyze the situation. Computer and digital forensics is an exploding field with a staggering number of opportunities in local, state and federal law enforcement agencies as well as private-sector firms engaged in digital investigations, data recovery and electronic discovery; or forensics software development; information security; and businesses with significant policy auditing requirements for information assurance.  With a demand for cybersecurity experts growing at "12 times the overall job market, Cybersecurity is one of the most highly sought-after fields in the country...From 2007 to 2012, the demand for cyber security experts grew 73%. The demand for all jobs grew just 6%" (Wall Street Journal).

Why Computer & Digital Forensics at Champlain?

As new technologies are being introduced and developed, hacking strategies are getting more complex. Digital forensic examiners are constantly learning to keep up with the rapid changes in the technology field.

At Champlain, you're being taught by industry experts, who are currently working in the field of Computer & Digital Forensics, and you use the same tools and techniques that corporate America and government agencies are using for their investigations. Over your four years in the Computer & Digital Forensics program, you'll gain unparalled  experience working on real live cases and technologies in the Senator Leahy Center for Digital Investigation (LCDI), Champlain's fully-equipped, state-of-the-art, digital forensics laboratory. You'll have the opportunity to work alongside professional digital forensics investigators and law enforcement officials conducting actual investigations. For examples, our students involved in the LCDI were some of the first people in the country working on the digital forensics of Google Glass. 

Employers are looking for people with highly developed skillsets in the field of digital forensics. Our students master content that they would otherwise get in a graduate program. Our specific specialized courses are small, and highly technical and pragmatic, allowing our graduates to gain hands-on experience and knowledge into the most cutting-edge digital forensics technologies.

Champlain has many existing relationships with companies throughout Burlington and Vermont, giving you access to jobs and internships in the area. We also have a wide network of successful graduates; 94% of 2017 Computer & Digital Forensics graduates are employed within six months of graduating, and of those employed, 81% are in positions relevant to their career goals. 

Champlain Computer & Digital Forensic Graduates Have the Right Stuff.

In addition to the extensive career-focused programs and support offered College-wide, each of Champlain's career-focused majors features specific learning opportunities and programs that help our students create highly marketable resumes. Highlights include:

  • All members of the Computer & Digital Forensic faculty are professionals in their field, which is an essential factor in our students getting the most cutting-edge education in the field possible.
  • Each course takes a detailed, hands-on approach that prepares our students to succeed in digital forensic internships.
  • The program culminates in the Senior Capstone Experience, where students research new ways to combine forensic/investigative techniques to new technologies like Android phones, iPhones, Malware forensics, and the issues surrounding Internet applications, digital forensics and cyber security.
  • Each year, forensic industry recruiters come to the Champlain College campus to fill openings for summer internships and full-time forensic positions because the reputation of the level of skill of our students and graduates is outstanding.