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Cybersecurity Job Outlook

Jonathan Trull, Chief Information Security Officer

If you are currently part of the cybersecurity workforce, then congratulations on selecting a wonderful career. And if you are still deciding on a career or looking to transition into a new field, then I would strongly recommend you consider a career in information security (cybersecurity and information security can be used interchangeably). To convince you, let me provide you with some facts.

First, there is a severe labor shortage, which means that qualified candidates have numerous opportunities and can typically demand high salaries. According to the Symantec CEO, “the demand for the cybersecurity workforce is expected to rise to 6 million globally by 2019, with a projected shortfall of 1.5 million.” According to the Federal CIO, there are more than 10,000 openings in the federal government for cyber security professionals.

With such a severe labor shortage, salaries for cyber security professionals are at an all time high and are increasing year over year. A recent report by Dice, a popular career website, states that the top five IT security salaries are:

  • $233,333 – Lead software security engineer
  • $225,000 – Chief security officer
  • $200,000 – Global information security director
  • $192,500 – Chief information security officer
  • $178,333 – Director of information security

The above salaries are for fairly senior positions but according to the U.S. News and World Report, the median salary for an information security analyst in the United States is $88,590.

Based on salaries, upward career mobility, and open opportunities, the U.S. News and World Report ranked a career in information security eighth on its list of the 100 best jobs for 2015. However, there is one generally agreed to downside with a career in cyber security – stress. For many cyber security jobs, stress levels are high. Common causes of stress include long work hours, staff shortages, and the 24x7 nature of the job. The stakes of failure are also extremely high, and the attackers only need to be right once when you must be perfect 100 percent of the time. If you join the field, it is important to develop mental toughness and establish balance between your home and work life.

If you believe cyber security is your next career move, then join us at Regis University and earn a degree that will catapult you in the right direction. Request more information or call 877-820-0581.