Courtesy of Tara Struyk, Techopedia
Cybersecurity: The Big, Profitable Field Techies Are Overlooking
By Tara Struyk, December 11, 2013
Takeaway: The cybersecurity field is growing, profitable and full of possibility.
If we had to pinpoint one tech career with truly great prospects over the next couple of years, it'd be cybersecurity. Demand for cybersecurity pros is huge. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, careers in network systems and information security are expected to grow by 53 percent through 2018. The pay isn't bad either. A survey by Semper Secure in August 2013 found that those who work in cybersecurity security were earning $116,00 per year, on average.
What is lacking in this field is professionals to take these jobs. According to a survey released by Raytheon in October 2013, only 24 percent of millenials have any interest in cybersecurity as a career. That can be at least partly attributed to the fact that many people just aren't sure what this career track entails. So, we asked cybersecurity professionals to tell us how they got into the field - and why they think it should rank higher on job seekers' list of potential careers.
We Asked: Why Cybersecurity?
"There’s a huge demand for a qualified national cybersecurity workforce, and little supply, which is surprising given the challenging and varied types of work, flexible work options, and the chance to make a difference. Lets not forget, there’s also tremendous pay and advancement opportunities, even for entry-level technicians."
-Casey W. O'Brien, director and principal investigator at the National CyberWatch Center
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