El Centro, CA (population: 41,304) has twelve computer forensics schools within a 100-mile radius of its city center. University of California-San Diego, the highest ranked school in this group with a computer forensics program, has a total student population of 28,418. It is the 22nd highest ranked school in the USA and the 4th highest in the state of California (#1 is University of California-Los Angeles).
Computer Forensics students from El Centro 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 El Centro area alone, there are 40 employed computer specialists earning an average salary of $49,240. Computer systems analysts in this area earn $67,220/yr and there are 100 employed.
El Centro lies in Imperial county, which is one of the 57 counties in California. Overall, the El Centro area has 50,630 total employed workers according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, with a 3% unemployment rate, $19/hr average worker wage, and a $39,250 average annual salary. Thus, about 2 out of every 1000 jobs in El Centro are held by computer systems analysts, and 1/1000 are held by computer specialists.
Of the 12 computer forensics schools with a 100-mile radius of El Centro, only 7 have a student population over 10k. After taking into account tuition, living expenses, and financial aid, Coleman University comes out as the most expensive ($33,247/yr) for computer forensics students, with Grossmont College as the lowest, reported at only $3,021/yr.
|Name||State||Population||# of Schools||Avg School Rank||Total Programs||Distance from El Centro|
|Fortuna Foothills||AZ||43,996||0||-||0||67.5 miles|
|Palm Desert||CA||52,240||2||19.2411||98||80.5 miles|
|Chula Vista||CA||226,606||2||21.0599||146||86.8 miles|
|Cathedral City||CA||53,114||0||-||0||88.8 miles|
|San Diego||CA||1,309,749||32||21.506||824||91.9 miles|
|San Marcos||CA||82,614||4||36.7693||363||96.5 miles|