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Hot IT specialty: E-discovery

E-discovery is a field that has grown 300% in the last several years and doesn't show any signs of easing up. Read why this is an up and coming field for the IT pro.

E-discovery is a field that has grown 300% in the last several years and doesn't show any signs of easing up. Read why this is an up and coming field for the IT pro.  

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The field of e-discovery has grown 300% in the last several years and is a $2 billion industry. It's becoming so big that many attorneys are picking it up as a legal specialty. (If you don't already know, e-discovery is the process in which electronic data is located, secured, and then searched when it is going to be used as evidence in a civil or criminal legal case.)

Perhaps the biggest opportunities e-discovery presents are for IT pros. Anyone with a knowledge of information technology and legal processes could be invaluable to tech-challenged attorneys and clients.

The IT pro's role in e-discovery is evolving, but as of now, according to about.com, the responsibilities include:

  • Assessing a client's ESI.
  • Helping to create ESI preservation policies.
  • Serving on e-discovery teams.
  • Ensuring compliance with the new federal rules regarding ESI.
  • Educating clients on e-discovery policies.
  • Drafting and communicating litigation hold procedures.
  • Using technology to facilitate discovery.
  • Assisting in the collection, processing, review, analysis and production of ESI.
  • Serving as a liaison between the legal team, IT personnel, vendors and records management personnel.

In top markets such as New York, e-discovery managers earn annual salaries ranging from $125,000 to $250,000.

For more information about what new career opportunities that are emerging as the world of e-discovery, take a look at this webcast from Fios.

About

Toni Bowers is Managing Editor of TechRepublic and is the award-winning blogger of the Career Management blog. She has edited newsletters, books, and web sites pertaining to software, IT career, and IT management issues.

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