In our previous post, we outlined the importance of cyber education as well as the career outlook and projections for cybersecurity professionals. This week we’re speaking to students about why this profession is so important and what they can expect if they choose to seek a career in cybersecurity.
To Students: Today, cyber breaches cost the U.S. more than $100 billion a year – both on the corporate and individual level. However, we have a mounting shortage of cybersecurity professionals, both in the U.S. and global markets. Currently, there are over 313,000 job openings across the country, and that number is projected to skyrocket to 2 million by the year 2020, (you know…the year after next).
So this means there are opportunities aplenty for those who choose a career in cybersecurity. Most of these positions’ median salaries are near or above $100,000 per year. This also means more opportunity for industry-based certifications and scholarships to institutions of higher education.
On top of that, there are many cybersecurity career options that can appeal to a variety of interests. You might be analyzing network securities, building or designing networks, advocating for writing cybersecurity laws and policies, training others in cybersecurity, investigating cyber crimes, or looking for software vulnerabilities. We recommend doing your own research to see if one of these positions aligns with your interest.
Here is a great place to start. It outlines resources for high school students who may be interested in cybersecurity. We’ve also highlighted some other great resources below with information on the field and what it will take to get educated and trained for your career.