From the national data breach at a big box store to ransomware threatening a local non-profit, it’s rare a newsweek passes without a story of a cybersecurity threat.
The bad news? Cyber crimes are on the rise, estimating to cost the world $6 trillion annually by 2021.
The good news? This new frontier of internet security is awaiting eager tech professionals like you to help keep the world safe (no superhero cape required).
To help determine if this field is right for you, here are five reasons you should consider transitioning into cybersecurity.
1) Professionals In Critical Demand
Companies are scrambling to address their cybersecurity needs and often end up empty-handed when it comes to hiring qualified professionals. There are more than 300,000 open cybersecurity positions in the U.S. with more on the way. In fact, it’s predicted by 2021 almost 100% of large companies will have at least a Chief Information Security Officer on staff.
2) Global Employment Opportunities
Want to move? Pack your bags! Globally, there’s a cybersecurity employment gap of approximately 2.9 million professionals and growing. By 2021 that need could be as high as 6 million open positions. Asia, Europe, South America—wherever you want to go, there’s a cybersecurity position waiting.
3) Your Choice of Industries
Cybersecurity touches every line of work. Legal offices, universities, retailers, financial firms and banks, manufacturers, government offices—you name it, and there’s a need for cybersecurity professionals to keep clients, finances, and data safe. There’s an opportunity for you no matter your background or interests.
4) Great Job Satisfaction Levels
No job is perfect, but you can get close! According to a 2018 (ISC)² cybersecurity workforce study, 68% of respondents were very to somewhat satisfied with their jobs, while only 6% indicated high dissatisfaction. Respondents also indicated a wide variety of tasks on the job, including analysis, monitoring, incident response, user training, and more. This is ideal if you thrive in an environment where no two days are alike.
5) High-Salary Field
With a high demand, it’s unsurprising that cybersecurity pros have a healthy salary, the average making somewhere around $85K annually. Many cybersecurity positions, however, are well into the 6-figure category. The average Application Security Engineer makes at least $100K, with some pushing $220K annually. Cybersecurity Analysts typically make more than $90K, as do IS Security Engineers, who can make upwards of $150K a year.
Starting salaries for less-experienced cybersecurity pros are around $67K, still well above the U.S. median household income, which the Census Bureau reported to be $61,372 in 2017. And with the cybersecurity need growing by the day, these salaries are likely to continue to grow.
Cyber crimes are here to stay, and the world needs people like you to help save the day.
Investing in cybersecurity skills means the opportunity to protect companies and individuals from threats to their finances, productivity, intellectual property, and more.
Think you’d be a great fit? Register for the FREE Intro to Cybersecurity course we’re hosting on Thursday, June 20.