Escalating concerns about the security of computer networks in the public and private sectors is contributing to job growth in the area of cybersecurity, an issue that was highlighted by President Obama's hiring of a White House Cybersecurity Coordinator in 2009. The field is seeing heightened demand for information technology specialists and computer and information research scientists to create methods of monitoring and defending networks and devices, as well as to integrate those applications into older systems.
The Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts overall employment of network and computer systems administrators is expected to grow 18 percent from 2010 to 2024, faster than the average for all occupations.* There is high demand for these workers as information security concerns are increasing for many businesses. Managers realize that their current security measures cannot effectively combat growing threats. More properly trained administrators are needed to reinforce network and system security.
According to a recent report from Burning Glass Technologies, the demand for professionals in cybersecurity is growing at a rate of 3.5 times faster than the demand for other IT jobs over the past five years and more than 12 times faster than the demand for all other non-IT jobs. **
Cybersecurity affects organizations in nearly every field, including management, research, detection, prevention, investigation, counter intelligence and evidence gathering. With the skills you’ll gain in this program, you may find career opportunities in:
- :: Federal law enforcement and national security agencies
- :: Local and state law enforcement agencies
- :: Corporations
- :: Banks and other financial institutions
- :: Insurance companies
- :: Hospitals and other health care facilities and organizations
- :: Private corporate security firms
The field classified as cybersecurity is broad, and job titles and descriptions vary widely. For example, cyber experts may work in the public sector defending homeland security, in the private sector protecting financial services, or even in the non-profit sector guarding domestic violence or cyberstalking victims from being pursued online. As varied as the opportunities are, the roles and responsibilities of a cybersecurity professional share common themes across industries and sectors. Here is an example of a typical job description for a Cybersecurity Analyst and list of other sample job titles one might encounter in his or her post-degree job search:
* Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2016-17 Edition, Information Security Analysts, on the Internet at http://www.bls.gov/ooh/computer-and-information-technology/information-security-analysts.htm