Raleigh, NC (population: 421,938) has five computer forensics schools within its city limits. North Carolina State University at Raleigh, the highest ranked school in the city with a computer forensics program, has a total student population of 33,819. It is the 70th highest ranked school in the USA and the 4th highest in the state of North Carolina (#1 is Duke University).
Computer Forensics students from Raleigh 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 Raleigh-Cary area alone, there are 770 employed computer specialists earning an average salary of $72,910. Computer systems analysts in this area earn $75,220/yr and there are 3,680 employed.
Raleigh lies in Wake county, which is one of the 64 counties in North Carolina. Overall, the Raleigh-Cary area has 499,330 total employed workers according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, with a 0.6% unemployment rate, $20.85/hr average worker wage, and a $43,370 average annual salary. Thus, about 7.366 out of every 1000 jobs in Raleigh are held by computer systems analysts, and 1.546/1000 are held by computer specialists.
Of the 5 computer forensics schools in Raleigh, only 1 has a student population over 10k. After taking into account tuition, living expenses, and financial aid, University of Phoenix-Raleigh Campus comes out as the most expensive ($23,904/yr) for computer forensics students, with North Carolina State University at Raleigh as the lowest, reported at only $7,978/yr.
|Name||State||Population||# of Schools||Avg School Rank||Total Programs||Distance from Raleigh|
|Chapel Hill||NC||53,800||1||88.0971||148||22.6 miles|
|Rocky Mount||NC||57,428||2||10.9274||84||48.6 miles|
|High Point||NC||105,064||3||31.8326||88||75.9 miles|
|Winston Salem||NC||-||7||32.3218||230||90.8 miles|