Whether the attack comes from outside hackers or employees within, no sector is safe from fraud. Banks, governmental institutions, educational systems, healthcare organizations, and retailers are all facing the same reality: Preventing exploitation by hiring a professional examiner or investigator is much more cost-effective than becoming its latest victim.
B.S. in Fraud and Financial Crime Investigation: Career Outlook
Protect critical assets and become essential anywhere.
- Data breaches in the U.S. have spiked. 1,579 breaches in 2017 mark a 44.7% increase over 2016.1
- Every dollar of fraud costs businesses roughly $2.67 in refunds, fees, interest, and labor2
- Companies are estimated to lose 5% of their total annual revenue to internally committed fraud, with half involving exploitation of internal control weaknesses3
With your Bachelor of Science in Fraud and Financial Crime Investigation from Utica College, you'll be ready to fight against fraud and enter a rewarding and profitable career. The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports opportunities for financial examiners will grow by 10 percent between 2016 and 2026 and shows a current median income of $81,690, with the top 10 percent earning more than $153,850.4
As a financial examiner, you would monitor the activities and systems of financial institutions, evaluate processes and practices for vulnerabilities and risk, and make recommendations to improve financial stability.4
As a fraud investigator, you would gather and analyze evidence, conduct interviews and interrogations, and build a case to identify and bring responsible parties to justice.5,6
By carefully analyzing financial data, forensic accountants are able to trace the path of funds through accounting systems and processes to identify where fraud has occurred and identify those responsible.7,8
Additional roles for fraud and financial crime experts:
- Fraud Detection Analyst ($54,296/year)9
- Insurance Claims Investigator ($52,559/year)10
- Fraud Prevention Analyst ($49,297/year)11
- Internal Auditor ($56,282/year)12
Certification: Lead Investigations in Cryptocurrency Fraud and Theft
Through a unique partnership with CipherTrace — a leading cryptocurrency intelligence company — you can become a CipherTrace Certified Examiner (CTCE) and learn how to analyze and trace funds lost in cryptocurrency fraud and theft. You’ll use the same tools and get the same CTCE training as regulators and law enforcement members around the world do in becoming expert cryptocurrency financial investigators.
Once certified, you'll be able to complete an active investigation at CipherTrace and write the case report, giving you direct, hands-on experience and demonstrating an incredibly valuable skill set to employers.
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Choose Between Two Economic Crime Concentrations
Utica College's B.S. in Fraud and Financial Crime Investigation offers concentrations in two unique areas of economic crime investigation, offering you different outcomes and career and credential paths.
These concentrations were developed in coordination with Utica's Economic Crime and Cybersecurity Institute, a leader in studying economic crime for more than 20 years.
BS in Fraud and Financial Crime Investigation - Financial Investigation
Learn accounting skills to pinpoint and document potential financial misdeeds with coursework that emphasizes accounting concepts and procedures, data analysis, methods of detecting fraud and damage assessment.
BS in Fraud and Financial Crime Investigation - Fraud Prevention and Detection
Learn to identify potential deception and other forms of economic crimes as well as areas of potential vulnerability to fraud and economic crime.
Key Skills Employers Need
Identify primary components of economic crime detection, investigation, and prevention
Understand and discuss criminology theories explaining the causation of economic and white-collar crime
Conduct fraud examinations and investigations by applying accounting principles
Distinguish key economic crime and criminal typologies applied to characteristics of specific economic crimes
Apply law and regulations related to fraud in public- and private-sector organizations
Examine the impact of implementing private- and public-sector ethics programs for economic crime prevention
Explain the role of technological advances in the field of economic crime investigation
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1ITRC Identity Theft Resource Center (2018). 2017 Annual Data Breach Year-End Review. Retrieved on December 3, 2018, from https://www.idtheftcenter.org/2017-data-breaches/
2LexisNexis Risk Solutions (2018, March 1). "U.S. Financial Service Companies Spend $2.67 for Every Dollar of Fraud, LexisNexis Risk Solutions Survey Finds." Retrieved on December 3, 2018, from http://solutions.lexisnexis.com/fraud.tcof.lp-65303.t-92611
3Association of Certified Fraud Examiners (2018). "2018 Report to the Nations." Retrieved December 3, 2018, from https://s3-us-west-2.amazonaws.com/acfepublic/2018-report-to-the-nations.pdf.
4Financial Examiners. (2018, April 13). Retrieved December 2, 2018, from https://www.bls.gov/ooh/business-and-financial/financial-examiners.htm
5Claims Adjusters, Appraisers, Examiners, and Investigators. (2018, April 13). Retrieved December 3, 2018, from https://www.bls.gov/ooh/business-and-financial/claims-adjusters-appraisers-examiners-and-investigators.htm
6PayScale (2018). "Fraud Investigator: Salary." Retrieved December 3, 2018, from https://www.payscale.com/research/US/Job=Fraud_Investigator/Salary
7PayScale (2018). "Forensic Accountant: Salary." Retrieved December 3, 2018, from https://www.payscale.com/research/US/Job=Forensic_Accountant/Salary
8ACFE Association of Certified Fraud Examiners (2018). "Career Path/Accounting/Forensic Accountant." Retrieved December 3, 2018, from https://www.acfe.com/career-path-forensic-accountant.aspx
9PayScale (2018). "Fraud Detection Analyst: Salary." Retrieved December 3, 2018, from https://www.payscale.com/research/US/Job=Fraud_Detection_Analyst/Salary
10PayScale (2018). "Claims Adjuster/Examiner/Investigator: Salary." Retrieved December 3, 2018, from https://www.payscale.com/research/US/Job=Claims_Adjuster_%2F_Examiner_%2F_Investigator/Salary
11PayScale (2018). "Fraud Prevention Analyst: Salary." Retrieved December 3, 2018, from https://www.payscale.com/research/US/Job=Fraud_Prevention_Analyst/Salary
12PayScale (2018). "Internal Auditor: Salary." Retrieved December 3, 2018, from https://www.payscale.com/research/US/Job=Internal_Auditor/Salary