Harlingen, TX (population: 66,846) has five computer forensics schools within a 100-mile radius of its city center. The University of Texas-Pan American, the highest ranked school in this group with a computer forensics program, has a total student population of 18,337. It is the 487th highest ranked school in the USA and the 20th highest in the state of Texas (#1 is Rice University).
Computer Forensics students from Harlingen 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.
Harlingen lies in Cameron county, which is one of the 154 counties in Texas. Overall, the Brownsville-Harlingen area has 122,990 total employed workers according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, with a 1.4% unemployment rate, $14.94/hr average worker wage, and a $31,080 average annual salary.
Of the 5 computer forensics schools with a 100-mile radius of Harlingen, only 3 have a student population over 10k. After taking into account tuition, living expenses, and financial aid, The University of Texas at Brownsville comes out as the most expensive ($6,819/yr) for computer forensics students, with South Texas College as the lowest, reported at only $1,317/yr.
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