Emerging occupations typically are the result of:
- an increased human need (for example, new services)
- technological advances
- greater specialization within an occupation.
Often, there are too few people working in an emerging occupation to gather survey information. Therefore, it can be difficult to define advancement opportunities or employment outlook. Some Albertans are already working in this emerging occupation, but future demand for cyber forensic investigators is unknown.
Cyber forensic investigators work for:
- law enforcement
- IT companies
- educational and financial institutions
- consulting firms
- government departments
- online retailers.
In Alberta, most cyber forensic investigators work in major urban centres. They may work for specialized software development firms. Or they may work for large organizations that have a law-enforcement information-systems department. Investigators with graduate degrees and many years on the job may move into management or become consultants.
The employment outlook [pdf] in this occupation will be influenced by a wide variety of factors, including:
- trends and events that affect overall employment
- location in Alberta
- employment turnover (work opportunities that come up when people leave existing positions)
- occupational growth (work opportunities that come up when new positions are created)
- size of the occupation.
In Alberta, the C071: Information Systems Analysts and Consultants occupational group is expected to have a below-average annual growth of 1.5% from 2016 to 2020. In addition to job openings created by employment turnover, 212 new positions are forecasted to be created within this occupational group each year.