Five Reasons To Pursue A Cybersecurity Career In 2018
North American Precis Syndicate
Cybersecurity is a growing-and well-paid-field for those with proper training. (NAPS)
(NAPSI)—Cybersecurity, as an industry, is one of the highest-paying,
fastest-growing and most in demand in the U.S., yet there are not enough
skilled professionals in the pipeline to fill open positions, leading to a
sizable skills gap. The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) finds that the
demand for information security analysts who can prevent data breaches is
expected to be very high over the next decade. From 2016−2026, BLS
projects employment to grow 28 percent, with 28,400 additional jobs added by
Despite the growing need, a University of Phoenix College of Information
Systems and Technology survey found that only 18 percent of the 2,016 U.S.
adults surveyed were interested in pursuing a cybersecurity education or
profession. Cybersecurity can be a rewarding career, especially for those who
want to help organizations or be part of a dynamic industry.
Maurice Gibson, assistant dean at University of Phoenix,
shares five reasons to pursue a cybersecurity career in 2018.
1. Cybersecurity Careers Are Here
With the rise of technology comes increases in cybercrime, according to
data from Cybersecurity Ventures2. Gibson believes technology has
converged with nearly all industries, meaning more companies will need
trained professionals to combat hackers in the future. In fact, LinkedIn
listed network information security as the sixth most in-demand skill for
today’s digitally advanced working world3. Cybersecurity
spending is expected to exceed $1 trillion between 2017 and 2021, finds
Cybersecurity Ventures, driving the need for more qualified professionals.
2. Job Opportunities Across Nearly
As technology converges with business, Gibson says nearly all companies
will soon become tech companies, providing cybersecurity professionals with
myriad job opportunities across numerous industries4.
Cybersecurity jobs are no longer shoehorned into only the government, finance
or technology industries. From retail and health care to media and start-ups,
cybersecurity professionals may have the option to choose an industry they
most want to work in.
3. Competition for Jobs Remains Low
With more open jobs than people to fill them, competition continues to
remain low in the cybersecurity workforce. The BLS projects employment of
information security analysts to grow 28 percent from 2016 to 2026, much
faster than the average for all occupations5. Gibson says
individuals seeking a growing career with plenty of job opportunities should
look no further than cybersecurity.
4. Near Top in Compensation
For many Americans, a good salary is vital for job satisfaction. Glassdoor
found that nearly 70 percent of people say that compensation is among their
top considerations when pursuing a job6. High salaries is another
reason to pursue these careers, according to Gibson. BLS reports the median
annual wage of an information security analyst is $92,6007.
Salaries can even exceed six figures in top markets as companies compete for
5. Skill Set Is Transferable to a
Number of Industries
With a deficit of skilled cybersecurity professionals in today’s
workforce, IT employees may be expected to help manage system security and
infrastructure. For this reason, Gibson suggests that having cybersecurity
experience can help when changing careers. He says many of the IT skill sets
that cybersecurity professionals possess—such as coding, systems
administration and data analytics—can be useful résumé
additions for just about any job in the tech industry.
“Cybersecurity, as an industry, is one of the
highest-paying, fastest-growing and most in demand in the U.S., yet
there are not enough skilled professionals in the pipeline to fill open
positions, leading to a sizable skills gap.”
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