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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

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 three specializations.

Prepare for your cybersecurity career with a bachelor’s degree from Utica University.

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.

B.S. in Cybersecurity: Cyber Operations

The Cyber Operations specialization provides skills in defensive and offensive tactics, techniques, and procedures. Develop real-world skills using industry-recognized cyber operations tools. Gain advanced instruction on vulnerability assessments, malware analysis, and incident response.

B.S. in Cybersecurity: Cybercrime and Fraud Investigation

Prepare to lead the fight against digital white-collar crimes such as fraud, money laundering, and corruption. Learn about modern payment systems from a global perspective while studying techniques to prevent, detect, and investigate fraud. Discover counter-efforts that include fraud prevention and fraud detection technologies that include digital forensics skills.

B.S. in Cybersecurity: Digital Forensics and Incident Response

Pursue your passion for collecting evidence and investigating computer crimes such as fraud, ransomware and data theft with courses that emphasize a comprehensive understanding of the forensic tools and techniques used to investigate and analyze network-related incidents and preserve digital evidence. Computer crime encompasses a wide range of illegal activities that cost corporations revenue and pose a threat to our national security and individuals alike. In this 100% online master’s program, you’ll gain the skills you need for cyber forensics certifications and make an impact in this rapidly growing field.

Key Skills Employers Need

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

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Sources

  1. Graham, 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
  2. Morgan, S. (2017, June 6). Cybersecurity Business Report. Retrieved from https://www.csoonline.com/article/3200024/cybersecurity-labor-crunch-to-hit-35-million-unfilled-jobs-by-2021.html
  3. Bureau 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
  4. Payscale (2018). Security Administrator: Salary. Retrieved December 3, 2018, from https://www.payscale.com/research/US/Job=Security_Administrator%2C_Computer_Network/Salary
  5. Payscale (2018). Information Assurance Engineer: Salary. Retrieved December 3, 2018, from https://www.payscale.com/research/US/Job=Information_Assurance_Engineer/Salary
  6. U.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
  7. CyberSeek (n.d.). Cybersecurity Supply/Demand Heat Map. Retrieved November 9, 2022, from https://www.cyberseek.org/heatmap.html.