Charlotte, NC (population: 723,514) has five computer forensics schools within its city limits. University of North Carolina at Charlotte, the highest ranked school in the city with a computer forensics program, has a total student population of 24,701. It is the 241st highest ranked school in the USA and the 10th highest in the state of North Carolina (#1 is Duke University).
Computer Forensics students from Charlotte 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 Charlotte-Gastonia-Concord-SC area alone, there are 770 employed computer specialists earning an average salary of $75,420. Computer systems analysts in this area earn $86,390/yr and there are 5,500 employed.
Charlotte lies in Mecklenburg county, which is one of the 64 counties in North Carolina. Overall, the Charlotte-Gastonia-Concord-SC area has 837,820 total employed workers according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, with a 0.9% unemployment rate, $21.10/hr average worker wage, and a $43,890 average annual salary. Thus, about 6.566 out of every 1000 jobs in Charlotte are held by computer systems analysts, and 0.920/1000 are held by computer specialists.
Of the 5 computer forensics schools in Charlotte, only 2 have a student population over 10k. After taking into account tuition, living expenses, and financial aid, University of Phoenix-Charlotte Campus comes out as the most expensive ($22,348/yr) for computer forensics students, with University of North Carolina at Charlotte as the lowest, reported at only $7,644/yr.
|Name||State||Population||# of Schools||Avg School Rank||Total Programs||Distance from Charlotte|
|Rock Hill||SC||72,341||5||30.0256||144||21.3 miles|
|Winston Salem||NC||-||7||32.3218||230||70.4 miles|
|High Point||NC||105,064||3||31.8326||88||71.3 miles|
|Banner Elk||NC||-||1||22.4512||43||88.7 miles|