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Forensic Computer Analyst

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Education
Most of these occupations require qualifications at NFQ Levels 7 or 8 (Ordinary / Honours Degrees) but some do not.

Related Experience
A considerable amount of work-related skill, knowledge, or experience is needed for these occupations. For example, you may need to complete three - four years of college and work for several years in the career area to be considered qualified.

Job Training
Employees in these occupations usually need several years of work-related experience, on-the-job training, and/or vocational training.

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Many of these occupations involve coordinating, supervising, managing, or training others. Examples include accountants, sales managers, computer programmers, chemists, environmental engineers, criminal investigators, and financial analysts.

€20k > 26
Forensic Computer Analyst
Salary Range
(thousands per year)*
€20 - 26
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Last Updated: March, 2017

* The lower figures typically reflect starting salaries. Higher salaries are awarded to those with greater experience and responsibility. Positions in Dublin sometimes command higher salaries.
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At a Glance... header image

Investigates computer-based crime and gathers evidence to help build a case against suspected individuals or criminal networks.


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The Work header image

Forensic analysts combine computer science with forensic skills to recover information from computers and other media and information storage devices.

Forensic computer analysts are responsible for assisting with cyber crime and retrieving evidence for court cases and legal investigations.

A new information leaflet from Forensic Science Ireland (2017) is aimed at secondary school students who have an interest in a future career in forensic science. It provides a general introduction to forensic science, an overview of the work done in Forensic Science Ireland, and recommendations on the path of study for budding forensic scientists. Download here.


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The following is a list of the most commonly reported tasks and activities for this occupation

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Expand or modify system to serve new purposes or improve work flow.

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Test, maintain, and monitor computer programs and systems, including coordinating the installation of computer programs and systems.

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Develop, document and revise system design procedures, test procedures, and quality standards.

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Provide staff and users with assistance solving computer related problems, such as malfunctions and program problems.

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Review and analyze computer printouts and performance indicators to locate code problems, and correct errors by correcting codes.

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Consult with management to ensure agreement on system principles.

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Confer with clients regarding the nature of the information processing or computation needs a computer program is to address.

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Read manuals, periodicals, and technical reports to learn how to develop programs that meet staff and user requirements.

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Coordinate and link the computer systems within an organization to increase compatibility and so information can be shared.

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Determine computer software or hardware needed to set up or alter system.

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The following is a list of the most commonly reported work activities in this occupation.

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Interacting With Computers: Using computers and computer systems (including hardware and software) to program, write software, set up functions, enter data, or process information.

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Processing Information: Compiling, coding, categorizing, calculating, tabulating, auditing, or verifying information or data.

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Thinking Creatively: Developing, designing, or creating new applications, ideas, relationships, systems, or products, including artistic contributions.

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Establishing and Maintaining Interpersonal Relationships: Developing constructive and cooperative working relationships with others, and maintaining them over time.

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Updating and Using Relevant Knowledge: Keeping up-to-date technically and applying new knowledge to your job.

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Organizing, Planning, and Prioritizing Work: Developing specific goals and plans to prioritize, organize, and accomplish your work.

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Making Decisions and Solving Problems: Analyzing information and evaluating results to choose the best solution and solve problems.

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Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates: Providing information to supervisors, co-workers, and subordinates by telephone, in written form, e-mail, or in person.

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Evaluating Information to Determine Compliance with Standards: Using relevant information and individual judgment to determine whether events or processes comply with laws, regulations, or standards.

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Scheduling Work and Activities: Scheduling events, programs, and activities, as well as the work of others.


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The following is a list of the five most commonly reported knowledge areas for this occupation.

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Computers and Electronics: Knowledge of circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.

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English Language: Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.

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Customer and Personal Service: Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.

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Mathematics: Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.

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Engineering and Technology: Knowledge of the practical application of engineering science and technology. This includes applying principles, techniques, procedures, and equipment to the design and production of various goods and services.


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The following is a list of the most commonly reported skills used in this occupation.

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Reading Comprehension: Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.

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Critical Thinking: Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.

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Quality Control Analysis: Conducting tests and inspections of products, services, or processes to evaluate quality or performance.

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Programming: Writing computer programs for various purposes.

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Troubleshooting: Determining causes of operating errors and deciding what to do about it.

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Systems Evaluation: Identifying measures or indicators of system performance and the actions needed to improve or correct performance, relative to the goals of the system.

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Judgment and Decision Making: Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.

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Systems Analysis: Determining how a system should work and how changes in conditions, operations, and the environment will affect outcomes.

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Active Listening: Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.

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Active Learning: Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.

Entry Routesheader image

For the post of Analyst, the minimum academic qualification is a level 7 qualification in an appropriate Science subject.

For the post of Scientist, the minimum academic qualification is an honours degree (level 8), normally in chemistry, analytical science or an appropriate biological subject such as biochemistry, biology or molecular biology, or an equivalent qualification.

A formal qualification in forensic science is not required as all new staff members will be fully trained on the job. See: Forensic Science Ireland (FSI)

Last Updated: April, 2017


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Organisation: Forensic Science Laboratory (Eolaíocht Fhóiréinseach Éireann)
Address: Garda HQ, Phoenix Park, Dublin 8
Tel: (01) 666 2910
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