Palm Desert, CA (population: 52,240) has thirty-two 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 Palm Desert 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 Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario area alone, there are 780 employed computer specialists earning an average salary of $67,800. Computer systems analysts in this area earn $72,830/yr and there are 1,970 employed.
Palm Desert lies in Riverside county, which is one of the 57 counties in California. Overall, the Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario area has 1,197,590 total employed workers according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, with a 1% unemployment rate, $20/hr average worker wage, and a $41,840 average annual salary. Thus, about 2 out of every 1000 jobs in Palm Desert are held by computer systems analysts, and 1/1000 are held by computer specialists.
Of the 32 computer forensics schools with a 100-mile radius of Palm Desert, only 19 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 Mt San Antonio College as the lowest, reported at only $2,897/yr.
|Name||State||Population||# of Schools||Avg School Rank||Total Programs||Distance from Palm Desert|
|Cathedral City||CA||53,114||0||-||0||8.3 miles|
|Joshua Tree||CA||-||1||9.13844||48||28.3 miles|
|Lake Elsinore||CA||56,703||0||-||0||54.3 miles|
|San Bernardino||CA||199,314||10||20.0516||225||59.4 miles|
|San Marcos||CA||82,614||4||36.7693||363||61.2 miles|
|Rancho Cucamonga||CA||176,424||3||21.593||139||73.4 miles|
|Mission Viejo||CA||95,388||1||19.6994||137||73.6 miles|
|Laguna Niguel||CA||65,471||0||-||0||77.3 miles|
|San Diego||CA||1,309,749||32||21.506||824||77.3 miles|
|Aliso Viejo||CA||42,862||1||75.2668||4||78.5 miles|
|Chino Hills||CA||74,322||0||-||0||80.4 miles|
|El Centro||CA||41,304||1||33.1701||10||80.5 miles|
|Yorba Linda||CA||67,194||0||-||0||80.6 miles|
|Laguna Beach||CA||-||1||20.4608||2||81.8 miles|
|La Verne||CA||-||1||61.7321||71||83.7 miles|
|Diamond Bar||CA||57,662||0||-||0||84.2 miles|