Porterville, CA (population: 53,185) has four computer forensics schools within a 100-mile radius of its city center. California State University-Fresno, the highest ranked school in this group with a computer forensics program, has a total student population of 21,500. It is the 1796th highest ranked school in the USA and the 159th highest in the state of California (#1 is University of California-Los Angeles).
Computer Forensics students from Porterville 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 Visalia-Porterville area alone, there are ** employed computer specialists earning an average salary of $76,150. Computer systems analysts in this area earn $63,770/yr and there are 80 employed.
Porterville lies in Tulare county, which is one of the 57 counties in California. Overall, the Visalia-Porterville area has 131,930 total employed workers according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, with a 4% unemployment rate, $18/hr average worker wage, and a $37,760 average annual salary. Thus, about 1 out of every 1000 jobs in Porterville are held by computer systems analysts, and **/1000 are held by computer specialists.
Of the 4 computer forensics schools with a 100-mile radius of Porterville, all of them have a student population over 10k. After taking into account tuition, living expenses, and financial aid, Fresno City College comes out as the most expensive ($6,031/yr) for computer forensics students, with College of the Sequoias as the lowest, reported at only $3,978/yr.