Ceres, CA (population: 43,443) has thirty computer forensics schools within a 100-mile radius of its city center. University of California-Davis, the highest ranked school in this group with a computer forensics program, has a total student population of 31,247. It is the 41st highest ranked school in the USA and the 6th highest in the state of California (#1 is University of California-Los Angeles).
Computer Forensics students from Ceres schools who go on to become computer forensics specialists, computer security specialists, computer and information scientists, computer support specialists, etc. have a good chance at finding employment. For example, there are 512,720 people working as computer systems analysts alone in the US, and their average annual salary is $80,430. Also, Computer specialists make on average $78,010 per year and there are about 195,890 of them employed in the US today. In fact, in the Modesto area alone, there are 50 employed computer specialists earning an average salary of $67,390. Computer systems analysts in this area earn $64,060/yr and there are 150 employed.
Ceres lies in Stanislaus county, which is one of the 57 counties in California. Overall, the Modesto area has 156,400 total employed workers according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, with a 2% unemployment rate, $20/hr average worker wage, and a $41,120 average annual salary. Thus, about 1 out of every 1000 jobs in Ceres are held by computer systems analysts, and 0/1000 are held by computer specialists.
Of the 30 computer forensics schools with a 100-mile radius of Ceres, only 12 have a student population over 10k. After taking into account tuition, living expenses, and financial aid, Santa Clara University comes out as the most expensive ($35,245/yr) for computer forensics students, with City College of San Francisco as the lowest, reported at only $4,129/yr.
|Name||State||Population||# of Schools||Avg School Rank||Total Programs||Distance from Ceres|
|San Jose||CA||977,893||9||20.6572||297||53.1 miles|
|Santa Clara||CA||112,889||4||29.9373||188||57.7 miles|
|Union City||CA||76,462||1||13.7752||0||58.1 miles|
|Castro Valley||CA||65,952||0||-||0||60.7 miles|
|Walnut Creek||CA||64,055||0||-||0||62.6 miles|
|San Leandro||CA||78,904||1||29.9223||11||65.6 miles|
|Rancho Cordova||CA||65,274||3||17.1477||50||71.6 miles|
|Santa Cruz||CA||57,690||2||37.6705||80||73.7 miles|
|West Sacramento||CA||50,542||1||29.8049||4||73.8 miles|
|San Mateo||CA||93,990||1||15.1982||101||74.1 miles|