Cybersecurity skills are some of the most in demand in today’s job market. With new threats and challenges emerging each day, there is a huge push being undertaken by both business and education sectors to attract individuals toward a degree, and a career, in cybersecurity. This topic is also the theme of Week 3 for 2021’s Cybersecurity Awareness Month – focusing on the opportunities available in this growing field of technology expertise.
It’s a VERY Hot Job Market
To say that the cybersecurity jobs market is “hot” would be a dramatic understatement. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the job market for information security analysts will grow by 32 percent by 2028 -- making it one of the fastest growing job sectors. Adding to the “hottness” of this field is the fact that Cybersecurity Ventures has found that there will be 3.5 million unfilled cybersecurity jobs in 2021 (that is THIS year). This means that cybersecurity professionals are among the most in-demand around the world, and they will be in high demand for years to come.
Infinite Room for Personal and Professional Growth
Beyond just the ability to get a cybersecurity job, thanks to an ever-growing set of career tracks, cybersecurity offers a variety of different options for professionals looking to find a position that fits nicely with their own interests. Cybersecurity professionals work in everything from compliance to stress testing cyber defenses and software, so there are almost limitless ways that professionals can apply their skills and look to grow them in a position and a company that is a fit for them.
Investment in Advanced Cybersecurity Pays for Itself
Due to the shortage of cybersecurity talent in the workforce, businesses and educational institutions are constantly rolling out new avenues by which to make cybersecurity careers more affordable. For example, new grants and scholarships are now becoming available each day for individuals interested in cybersecurity careers, while many businesses are beginning to offer tuition reimbursement or other financial perks. This means that a degree in cybersecurity may be much more affordable than you originally thought.
In addition to the interesting “on the ground work” that cybersecurity professionals get to take-on everyday, there is also a growing selection of highly tailored cybersecurity graduate programs that can further academic knowledge in cybersecurity as well. For example, graduate degrees ranging from Applied Cryptography to Network Vulnerability and Detection are now being offered through colleges and universities nationwide. Additionally, as part of this deep-dive, cybersecurity professionals will also get the opportunity to network with other students from various backgrounds allowing them to open up further opportunities for future positions or businesses.
Want to Hear from Some Cybersecurity Professionals?
Envision recently held a webinar called “Hacking Your Organization” where some of the ethical hackers we have on staff shared stories about the work they do. If you are interest in hearing more about this career directly from the mouths of some of the people doing it, you may enjoy this session! You can watch the reply right here.