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Cyber Crime Analyst / Investigator

What Does a Professional in this Career Do?

Investigates a number of crimes, ranging from recovering file systems on computers that have been hacked or damaged to investigating crimes against children. Recovers data from computers that can be used in prosecuting crimes in court. Computer crime investigators must also write reports for and testify in court. Also may work for large corporations to test security systems that are currently in place. Investigators do this by trying various ways to hack into the corporation's computer networks. At corporations, computer crime investigators also maximize optimal computer system performance levels.

Job Outlook

There were 30 Cyber Crime Analyst / Investigator job postings in North Carolina in the past year and 905 in the United States.

In combination with other careers in the Cyber / Information Security Engineer / Analyst industry, which includes the Cyber Crime Analyst / Investigator career, the following graph shows the number of people employed for each year since 2012:

Salary

Many new Cyber Crime Analyst / Investigator jobs have salaries estimated to be in the following ranges, based on the requirements and responsibilities listed in job postings from the past year.

National

The average estimated salary in the United States for this career, based on job postings in the past year, is $80,277.

State

The average estimated salary in North Carolina for this career, based on job postings in the past year, is $78,253.

Percentiles represent the percentage that is lower than the value. For example, 25% of estimated salaries for Cyber Crime Analyst / Investigator postings in the United States in the past year were lower than $65,757.

Education and Experience

Posted Cyber Crime Analyst / Investigator jobs typically require the following level of education. The numbers below are based on job postings in the United States from the past year. Not all job postings list education requirements.

Education LevelPercentage
Associate's Degree2%
Bachelor's Degree65%
Master's Degree22%
Doctoral Degree0%
Other10%

Posted Cyber Crime Analyst / Investigator jobs typically require the following number of years of experience. The numbers below are based on job postings in the United States from the past year. Not all job postings list experience requirements.

Years of ExperiencePercentage
0 to 2 years37%
3 to 5 years30%
6 to 8 years18%
9+ years14%

Skills

Below are listings of the most common general and specialized skills Cyber Crime Analyst / Investigator positions expect applicants to have as well as the most common skills that distinguish individuals from their peers. The percentage of job postings that specifically mention each skill is also listed.

Baseline Skills

A skill that is required across a broad range of occupations, including this one.

  • Research (27%)
  • Communication Skills (26%)
  • Writing (25%)
  • Problem Solving (16%)
  • Teamwork / Collaboration (14%)

Defining Skills

A core skill for this occupation, it occurs frequently in job postings.

  • Computer Forensics (46%)
  • Customer Service (26%)
  • Linux (24%)
  • Python (21%)
  • Staff Management (21%)

Necessary Skills

A skill that is requested frequently in this occupation but isn’t specific to it.

  • Consumer Electronics (18%)
  • Computer Engineering (13%)
  • SQL (12%)
  • Metadata (11%)
  • Cryptography (10%)

Distinguishing Skills

A skill that may distinguish a subset of the occupation.

  • Intrusion detection (7%)
  • Computer Network Defense (6%)
  • Network Intrusion Protection (5%)
  • Security Operations (5%)
  • Wireshark (5%)

Salary Boosting Skills

A professional who wishes to excel in this career path may consider developing the following highly valued skills. The percentage of job postings that specifically mention each skill is listed along with the marginal value: the average salary difference between postings that request that skill and those that do not.

  • Security Information And Event Management (1%) – marginal value $2,493
  • Counter-terrorism (2%) – marginal value $2,265

Alternative Job Titles

Sometimes employers post jobs with Cyber Crime Analyst / Investigator skills but a different job title. Some common alternative job titles include:

  • Geek Squad Senior Agent - Repair Services
  • Digital Forensic Examiner
  • Digital Forensics Analyst
  • Cyber Security Forensic Analyst
  • Cyber Forensics Manager

Similar Occupations

If you are interested in exploring occupations with similar skills, you may want to research the following job titles. Note that we only list occupations that have at least one corresponding NC State Online and Distance Education program.

Common Employers

Here are the employers that have posted the most Cyber Crime Analyst / Investigator jobs in the past year along with how many they have posted.

United States

  • Best Buy (166)
  • Deloitte (35)
  • Cipher Tech Solutions (34)
  • Mantech International Corp. (33)
  • Facebook (28)

North Carolina

  • Best Buy (6)
  • IBM (4)
  • Envista Forensics (3)
  • Wells Fargo (2)
  • Accruepartners (2)

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