Who he is

Name: Patrick Lim

Title: Computer forensics examiner

Organization: Regional Computer Forensics Laboratory, San Diego

Nature of his work: Collects and analyzes computer-related evidence in criminal investigations

Skills Needed: Lim says a combination of investigative and IT skills is key.

Salary Potential: In law enforcement, $50,000 to $70,000; in private companies and consulting firms, computer forensic examiners can make up to twice that.

Career path: Computer forensics skills could lead to jobs in law enforcement agencies or in the private sector, where demand for forensics experts is growing.

Advice: Consider getting a certification, like that offered by the FBI's Computer Analysis and Response Team program.

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