Cyber security skills are some of the most in demand in today’s job market. With new threats and challenges emerging each day, there is a huge push being undertaken by both business and education sectors to attract individuals toward a degree, and a career, in cyber security. This topic is also the theme of Week 3 for 2021’s Cyber Security Awareness Month – focusing on the opportunities available in this growing field of technology expertise.
It’s a VERY Hot Job Market
To say that the cyber security jobs market is “hot” would be a dramatic understatement. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the job market for information security analysts will grow by 32 percent by 2028 -- making it one of the fastest growing job sectors. Adding to the “hottness” of this field is the fact that Cyber security Ventures has found that there will be 3.5 million unfilled cyber security jobs in 2021 (that is THIS year). This means that cyber security professionals are among the most in-demand around the world, and they will be in high demand for years to come.
Infinite Room for Personal and Professional Growth
Beyond just the ability to get a cyber security job, thanks to an ever-growing set of career tracks, cyber security offers a variety of different options for professionals looking to find a position that fits nicely with their own interests. Cyber security professionals work in everything from compliance to stress testing cyber defenses and software, so there are almost limitless ways that professionals can apply their skills and look to grow them in a position and a company that is a fit for them.
Investment in Advanced Cyber Security Pays for Itself
Due to the shortage of cyber security talent in the workforce, businesses and educational institutions are constantly rolling out new avenues by which to make cyber security careers more affordable. For example, new grants and scholarships are now becoming available each day for individuals interested in cyber security careers, while many businesses are beginning to offer tuition reimbursement or other financial perks. This means that a degree in cyber security may be much more affordable than you originally thought.
In addition to the interesting “on the ground work” that cyber security professionals get to take-on everyday, there is also a growing selection of highly tailored cyber security graduate programs that can further academic knowledge in cyber security as well. For example, graduate degrees ranging from Applied Cryptography to Network Vulnerability and Detection are now being offered through colleges and universities nationwide. Additionally, as part of this deep-dive, cyber security professionals will also get the opportunity to network with other students from various backgrounds allowing them to open up further opportunities for future positions or businesses.
Want to Hear from Some Cyber Security Professionals?
Envision recently held a webinar called “Hacking Your Organization” where some of the ethical hackers we have on staff shared stories about the work they do. If you are interest in hearing more about this career directly from the mouths of some of the people doing it, you may enjoy this session! You can watch the reply right here.