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Cybersecurity Job Opportunities

A Washington Post article quoted Alec Ross, senior adviser for innovation at the State Department, who said "If any college student asked me what career would most assure 30 years of steady, well-paying employment, I would respond, 'cybersecurity.'"

There are a variety of career pathways and job titles in the cybersecurity field, and you can read about them at the following websites:

According to Burning Glass Technologies, cybersecurity job postings increased 74% from 2007 to 2013. The 2017 (ISC)² Center for Cyber Safety and Education’s 2017 Global Information Security Workforce Study estimates that there will be a shortage of over 1.8 million qualified cybersecurity professionals by 2022. This estimated deficit increased by 20% between 2015 and 2017. The study notes that hiring managers in the healthcare field are particularly interested in expansion, with nearly 40% wishing to increase their workforces by 15% or more.

The Bureau of Labor Statistics Quick Facts
Information Security Analysts

2017 Median Pay

$95,510 per year
$45.92 per hour

Typical Entry-Level Education

Bachelor's degree

Work Experience in a Related Occupation

Less than 5 years

On-the-job Training


Number of Jobs, 2016


Job Growth Outlook, 2016-26

28% (Much faster than average)

Employment Change, 2016-26


Job Seeking

There are myriad ways of finding cybersecurity jobs from networking to your local newspaper to online search sites.

Industry Associations provide an excellent way to meet people who work in cybersecurity and may be in a good position to either offer you or recommend you for a job.

LinkedIn is a hybrid site that allows those seeking work to post a resume and those seeking to fill jobs to find candidates. It also provides a great platform for networking. One good means of getting interviews is to connect to many job placement specialists in the area you would like to work.

Most companies list their jobs on their individual websites. If there is a company that you would like to work for, it may prove fruitful to go directly to its website and check the job postings.

Below is a small sampling of the websites that post job listings. Many require an annual fee for using their sites. Most allow you to apply for a posted job directly through their website.,26.htm