What are the Responsibilities of being a Computer Forensic Specialist in Vermont?

As someone interested in possibly becoming a computer forensic specialist in the state of Vermont, you likely have a lot of questions. One of the biggest questions is probably about what you can expect your job duties to be. Unfortunately, there is no simple answer to this question. The answer is, in fact, highly dependent on what exactly you plan to do, as there are a variety of different ways in which a Vermont computer forensic specialist can choose to work or be called on to work. Therefore, your job duties are dependent upon the exact job you hope to have.

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Most of the computer forensic specialists in Vermont end up working with local or statewide law enforcement. In this case, their job is to aid the police in criminal investigations. A computer forensic specialist could be called on to work on any case in which a computer was involved to commit the crime or where evidence of the crime and/or against the suspect is likely to be held on a computer or other device. The job duties in this case would be going on the computer and using tools and strategies to uncover information, including and most likely information that has been deleted and which the average person would not be able to uncover; examining and analyzing the information found; preparing it to be admissible as evidence in a Vermont court of law; and sometimes even testifying in court hearings or proceedings.

Some professionals who are very good at their jobs with law enforcement, will be offered positions with the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) or the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA). In this case, these highly secretive and incredibly lucrative positions would likely involve investigating very large scale crimes, such as underground drug rings, child pornography rings, fraud, embezzlement, and more. In order to qualify for these types of positions, computer forensics specialists will need to have high levels of education, squeaky clean criminal background checks, and to be able to pass extensive psychological testing. These jobs are few and far between, of course, and are only given to the best and brightest computer forensic specialists.

Many computer forensic specialists will also work as private investigators, a job for which Vermont requires the person to be licensed. Private investigators might work to find criminals, to solve infidelity cases, or to find missing people. Private investigators can be employed by a company, or they may choose to work independently. Some computer forensics specialists even hold one job and then do private investigating on the side. Of course, not every job as a computer forensic specialist is quite so exciting. Some professionals will choose, for example, to work as teachers, often at the college or university level but sometimes at the high school level. Then, their job description would be to bring their own educations and experiences in the field to help students and prospective computer forensic specialists learn about the job and whether or not it is a good fit for them. Typical teacher duties, such as creating tests, giving lectures, grading assignments, and interacting with students would make up the bulk of this type of job.

Some other computer forensic specialists might choose to work as consultants or supervisors who manage teams of other computer forensic specialists who are actually responsible for going out and conducting the investigations. Still others might choose to design, develop, or perfect technologies and tools used in the computer forensics field to help specialists do their jobs more aptly and more easily.

Obviously, there are a lot of career choices for those who possess an education and/or experience in the computer forensics field. It is up to you to explore all of your options and these are just a few and then to make a decision about which one you would like to pursue. If you're not entirely sure, there are many educational programs that can prepare you to work in a variety of different aspects of the field, especially if you're willing to pursue specialized certifications or future learning opportunities. One thing is for sure a job as a computer forensics specialist never gets boring.

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