Master's in Cybersecurity: Career Outlook

Protect the world's data from cybercriminals and thrive.

With your Master of Science in Cybersecurity from Utica College, you'll have the technical skills and specialized expertise to join the front lines in the battle against cybercrime. Plus, the curriculum will help you prepare to take advantage of testing for professional certifications like CompTIA A+, Security+ or Network+, and the CISSP, opening up even more opportunities.

  • Top 10% of computer and information security analysts earn more than $158,860 annually1
  • 32% Job Growth Projected, 2018–20282
  • 350% Growth in Open Cybersecurity Positions from 2013–20213

With a median salary of $99,730 in 2019 and a predicted growth in jobs of 32 percent by 2028, there is no shortage of career potential.2 Because data breaches are increasing and a shortage of qualified experts persists, your new skills will put you in high demand.

As you build your skills through our industry-responsive curriculum and choose a specialization in either Electronic Crime, Intelligence, Malware Analysis, Computer Forensics, Cyber Operations, Cyber Policy, or Data Analytics, you'll open doors to several high-paying roles:

Information Security Analyst

$71,977/year

Create systems to protect sensitive data, infrastructure, and business processes from cyberattacks. Minimize damage from ongoing attempts to steal or corrupt data while anticipating future threats.4

Security Architect

$123,887/year

With a high-level understanding of the principles and technical tactics of cyberattacks and defense, build the structure, systems, and teams to anticipate, monitor, deter, or disrupt security breaches before they occur.5

Chief Security Officer

$146,791/year

Take on the demanding task of ensuring all security teams, protocols, and systems are contributing to a successful and productive business or organization. Duties may include interfacing with organizational leadership to explain security protocols, managing high-level teams, or coaching departmental heads on best practices.6

Additional roles for cybersecurity experts:

  • IT Risk Manager
  • Cyber Operations Analyst
  • Principal Consultant Cybersecurity
  • Supplier Security Compliance Manager

 
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          Specializations: Find Your Cybersecurity Niche

          To further tailor your degree to the career you want, hone specific skills with a Master of Science in Cybersecurity specialization:

          Key Skills Employers Need

          • A deep understanding of cybersecurity tools, techniques and technologies

          • Familiarity with traditional intelligence methods and procedures as applied to the cybersecurity domain

          • Critical thinking and information application related to the discipline of cybersecurity, including intelligence, computer forensics, cyber operations, electronic crime, and malware analysis

          • Applied knowledge of legal and technical aspects of a cybercrime investigation and the application of computer forensic tools

          • Ethical decision-making skills in cybersecurity management

          • The ability to identify and minimize damage from malware

          • Risk-assessment and management methods related to cybersecurity and national critical infrastructures

          • Cyber defense and attack methods

          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.

          UC Career Connect

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

          SOURCES:

          1Information Security Analysts – Pay. (2018, April 13). Retrieved January 7, 2019, from https://www.bls.gov/ooh/computer-and-information-technology/information-security-analysts.htm#tab-5
          2Information Security Analysts – Summary. (2018, April 13). Retrieved January 7, 2019, from https://www.bls.gov/ooh/computer-and-information-technology/information-security-analysts.htm#tab-1
          3Cybersecurity Jobs Report 2017 Edition (Rep.). (n.d.). Retrieved January 7, 2019, from Herjavec Group website: https://www.herjavecgroup.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/07/HG-and-CV-The-Cybersecurity-Jobs-Report-2017.pdf
          4Average Information Security Analyst Salary. (n.d.). Retrieved January 7, 2019, from https://www.payscale.com/research/US/Job=Information_Security_Analyst/Salary
          5Average Security Architect, IT Salary. (n.d.). Retrieved January 7, 2019, from https://www.payscale.com/research/US/Job=Security_Architect,_IT/Salary
          6Average Chief Security Officer (CSO) Salary. (n.d.). Retrieved January 7, 2019, from https://www.payscale.com/research/US/Job=Chief_Security_Officer_(CSO)/Salary