Bachelor of Science in Cybersecurity: Career Outlook

Earn up to $95,000 securing important information.

With your Bachelor of Science in Cybersecurity, you'll be well prepared to find a position in this fast-developing field. It's projected there will be 3.5 million unfilled cybersecurity jobs by 2021, while spending on cybercrime prevention and protection grows to an incredible $6 trillion worldwide.1,2

  • 2 billion data records stolen or lost in the first half of 20171
  • 3.5 million unfilled cybersecurity jobs projected by 20212
  • $95,510 median pay for Information Security Analysts (ISA)3
  • 28 percent growth in ISA job postings by 20263
  • 100,000 ISA jobs posted in 2016 alone3

As data breaches and intrusions make daily appearances in the news, it's becoming clear that organizations of every size in every sector need skilled cybersecurity experts. Their need is an opportunity for you.

This 100-percent-online program readies you for success in this critical field. You'll graduate with not only fundamental skills and knowledge in cybersecurity and computer science. You'll also stand out to future employers with more intensive knowledge in one of four specializations.

Prepare for your cybersecurity career with a bachelor's degree from Utica College.

Information Security Analyst

$95,510/year

As an Information Security Analyst, you'll protect an organization's computer networks and systems by planning and carrying out security measures. You'll monitor security breaches, use protective software such as firewalls and data encryption, protect sensitive information, conduct penetration testing, and more. This position is one of the fastest-growing in cybersecurity, with 28 percent growth projected from 2016 to 2026, four times the national average.3

Computer Network Security Administrator

$63,900/year

As a Computer Network Security Administrator (also known as a computer security specialist, a network security analyst, or an internet security specialist), you'd perform many security-related tasks for your employer. That could include teaching colleagues about computer security, checking for violations and intrusions, installing protective software, and defending against cyberattacks.4

Information Assurance Engineer

$85,555/year

As an Information Assurance Engineer, you'd oversee your company's processes to ensure data security — from storage to analysis. Whether you work directly for one company or consult with many, you will be able to step in and detect data security risks. You'll work to find solutions, mitigate further risks, and prevent data breaches. You'll also conduct periodic risk assessments to ensure the security measures you've put in place are working.5

Additional cybersecurity bachelor's roles:

  • Information Security Specialist6
  • Information Technology Auditor6
  • Computer, Networking, or IT Security Consultant6

 
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          Specializations: Prepare for Career Excellence

          As technology continues to increase in complexity, so too do cybercriminal tactics and the cybersecurity roles that combat them. By specializing in one of the following areas of cybersecurity, you'll gain a comprehensive set of skills that will enable you to stand out as a top candidate for the specific career you want.

          Key Skills Employers Need

          • Show how ethical issues impact decision-making

          • Demonstrate an understanding of cybersecurity principles, as well as critical thinking and information application

          • Identify the main stages of the criminal justice process and the agencies responsible for administering justice

          • Demonstrate an understanding of the legal and technical aspects of a cybercrime investigation

          • Demonstrate an understanding of computer science principles when they're applied to cybersecurity

          • Design and discuss a research project based on the scientific method

          • Apply statutory and case law to legal problems that occur in the field

          Beyond the Degree

          We have the tools to help you make your next career move:

          One-on-One Mentors

          Work with your program director and professors for professional mentorship and support.

          Job Search Assistance

          Build your résumé, do mock interviews, and find new opportunities in your area.

          Career Counseling

          Have our experts review your résumé and LinkedIn and learn to stand out from the crowd.

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          Register for events, create a visual profile for employers, and apply for jobs and internships through our online portal.

          SOURCES:

          1Graham, L. (2017, September 20). Cybersecurity: The number of devastating cyberattacks is surging — and it's likely to get much worse. Retrieved from https://www.cnbc.com/2017/09/20/cyberattacks-are-surging-and-more-data-records-are-stolen.html
          2Morgan, S. (2017, June 6). Cybersecurity Business Report. Retrieved from https://www.csoonline.com/article/3200024/security/cybersecurity-labor-crunch-to-hit-35-million-unfilled-jobs-by-2021.html
          3Bureau of Labor Statistics (2018, April 13). Information Security Analysts. Retrieved on December 1, 2018, from https://www.bls.gov/ooh/computer-and-information-technology/information-security-analysts.htm
          4Payscale (2018). Security Administrator: Salary. Retrieved December 3, 2018, from https://www.payscale.com/research/US/Job=Security_Administrator%2c_Computer_Network/Salary
          5Payscale (2018). Information Assurance Engineer: Salary. Retrieved December 3, 2018, from https://www.payscale.com/research/US/Job=Information_Assurance_Engineer/Salary
          6U.S. News & World Report (n.d.). Online Cybersecurity Degree: An Overview. Retrieved December 3, 2018, from https://www.usnews.com/education/online-education/cyber-security-bachelors-degree