Are you considering a career in cyber security? You’ve chosen the right moment to join a thriving profession, with more than 464,000 job postings for available cyber security roles in the United States. But where to begin? To assist narrow the skills gap, Careerera delivers extensive, actionable data on supply and demand in the cyber security job market, which helps job seekers understand what they need to develop in their careers and transfer between security professions.
In this blog article, we’ll go over the top nine cyber security job titles in demand by companies in the United States. Also, we’ll cover the education, certifications, & abilities required to obtain a job in one of these high-demand positions.
To begin, here are the top cyber security job titles and their annual salaries.
- Cyber Security Analyst – $95,000
- Cyber Security Consultant – $91,000
- Cyber Security Manager / Administrator – $105,000
- Software Developer/Engineer – $110,140*
- Systems Engineer – $90,920
- Network Engineer/Architect – $83,510*
- Vulnerability Analyst/Penetration Tester – $103,000
- Cyber Security Specialist / Technician – $92,000
- Incident Analyst / Responder – $89,000
It’s vital to remember that a cyber security salary varies based on a number of aspects, including the size and scope of the company, the geographic location, and the expertise of the candidate.
How to Get a Job in Cyber Security
IT security managers may be entrusted with everything from network security to an incident responder or ethical hacker duties, such as installing, administering, and troubleshooting security solutions to establishing security policies papers for employees. While other job types are responsible for a specific aspect of the entire system, cyber security professionals must be able to stand back and view the broad picture in order to maintain the system safe against cyber-attacks and data breaches.
If you already have some technical skills, the first step is to figure out how your expertise may be used for cyber security. For example, If you understand code, you’ll be able to spot harmful code and secure it against malicious code.
Of course, there’s always something new to learn in the world of technology, and this is especially true when it comes to tackling cybercrime. Begin by making a list of your transferable technical talents and the skills you’d like to gain in order to secure a career in cyber security. This is also true of soft skills.
The path to cyber security for individuals without technical expertise is a little different, but there is still plenty of potentials. For example, without technical knowledge, you may get a job as a cyber policy analyst or a technical writer. Consider these entry-level occupations as stepping stones to get more advanced cyber security employment it depends upon the experience you gain in the fields.
Education Requirements for Cyber Security Jobs
Many cyber security occupations need formal education and training. Careerera breaks down educational requirements and displays the percentage of online job postings that demand a bachelor’s degree, a bachelor’s degree, or a graduate degree.
For example, the term “cyber security expert” is used to categorize entry-level cyber security positions as well as those that combine cyber security with other IT functions such as tech support or networking. IT security specialists & information security specialists are examples of job roles. Cyber security specialist job postings require less education than other job titles, with 19% requiring less than a bachelor’s degree, which is greater than more advanced job titles.
A cyber security engineer, on the other hand, is on the advanced-level career track, and if you’re interested in one, you should know that 89% of job postings demand a bachelor’s degree or above. In fact, a bachelor’s degree is required for 66% of cyber security engineer employment, while a graduate degree is required for 23%.
To become a chief information security officer, you’ll need even more training and expertise (CISO). A candidate for this job should have a bachelor’s degree in computer science or a related field, as well as 7-12 years of professional experience, at least half of which should be in management. A CISO should also have a strong technical background.
You may look at any Cyber security statistics for any of the top nine job titles to see what education level is most popular for your desired profession.
IT Certifications in Cyber Security
If you’ve done any research on the subject, you’re aware that there are several information technology (IT) certifications from which to pick. We looked at the most often desired qualifications for these top nine cyber security job categories.
- CompTIA Cyber Security Career Pathway: The CompTIA Cyber security Career Pathway, which includes the CompTIA A+, CompTIA Network+, CompTIA Security+, CompTIA Cyber Security Analyst (CySA+), CompTIA PenTest+, and CompTIA Advanced Security Practitioner (CASP) is a certification that guides technical professionals through the whole process of learning cyber security.
- CISSP (Certified Information Systems Security Professional): CISSP stands for “Certified Information Systems Professional”(ISC)2 offers the CISSP certification, which is an advanced-level cyber security certification. It focuses on cyber security leadership abilities.
- Cisco Certified Network Associate (CCNA): At the associate level, Cisco certifications begin to specialize, with CCNA Routing and Switching, CCNA Security, CCNA Cyber Ops, and CCNA Data Center among the most popular.
- GIAC: Cyberdefense, penetration testing, digital forensics and incident response, developer, and information security management are all covered by GIAC certificates.