If you’ve made it your mission to know code, and designing interfaces, accessing data, and developing websites is what you do, you’re probably a pretty happy person. There’s likely no field of expertise in greater demand for such a foreseeable future as development. But, maybe you’re bored. Maybe this was a career that you got into for the sole reason just mentioned: it’s a sure bet so why not? Now that you’ve got the skills, you’re trying to find fulfillment from them. Unfortunately for those without the passion, finding this fulfillment can be easier said than encoded.
Going back to school for any serious length of time can easily be out of the question for those with mouths to feed besides their own. But to think of yourself as trapped in the field you’re in with the skills you have, is just silly. Especially when you could be working in a field as interesting as, say, criminal investigation?
Computer forensics is a field that will expand exponentially as more of the world becomes versed in the virtual world and the opportunities for cyber crime increase. Here’s the thing – if you know code and know how to “see” The Matrix if you don’t mind a bad analogy – then you’re already far ahead of the competition. Any education in programming and computer science is adequate, but the ability to understand code is an essential part of investigating digital crime.
What potential employers like to see is someone who is almost instinctively predisposed to the kinds of tactics people use to cover their computer tracks. While I’m not accusing you of having a sizable collection of skeletons in your computer’s closet, you’ve probably got some experience in the particulars of thwarting detection of digital activity. For the same reason IBM has a habit of hiring hackers, digital investigation enterprises and law enforcement like to find people who can get “inside the mind” of those they’re going after. Sound exciting yet?
I can’t guarantee you’re going to be the next inspiration for a TV crime drama, and I certainly can’t say that being an expert in computer forensics is going to be non-stop tracking of serial killers and other agents of high crime, but I can say it beats regular old coding any day of the week.
Take some time and look into it. You might be surprised to learn that not only are these kinds of opportunities readily available, you may be readily qualified.