In an age of growing cyber-crime, cyber-terrorism, hacker activism, and with the ever more central role of digital technology, it is inevitable that the computer will increasingly find itself at the heart of criminal activity and criminal investigations. Used as a powerful tool by both criminals and crime fighters, computers are now providing the virtual fingerprints, footprints, and smoking guns in many criminal investigations. The various kinds of jobs available at the local, state, and federal level are detailed, as are the relevant academic and professional requirements and expectations. Also covered are careers in the private sector relating to corporate security and anti-hacking efforts. Detailed discussions of educational pathways, job search strategies, interview techniques, and lifelong learning and career development/advancement are included. Steeped as it is in digital literacy and career preparedness, this power-packed resource also lends itself perfectly to the relevant Common Core curriculum standards for the reading of instructional texts.