by Eileen Ristau Tauchman, CompTIA — October 10, 2022 .
Editor’s note: It’s Cybersecurity Awareness Month and thousands of jobs are going unfilled across the United States as cyberthreats and crimes increase. Tech group CompTIA is seeking to help match people seeking cybersecurity careers with resources to develop one.
Interested in a career in cybersecurity? With more than 700,000 job postings for open cybersecurity positions in the United States, you chose a great time to join a booming industry – but where to start? To help close the cybersecurity skills gap, CyberSeek provides detailed, actionable data about supply and demand in the cybersecurity job market, which helps job seekers identify what they need to transition between cybersecurity roles and advance in their careers.
By the way, more than 24,000 of those open jobs are in North Carolina.
In this blog post, we will share the top nine cybersecurity job titles requested by employers within the U.S. cybersecurity job market and the education requirements, certifications and skills needed to find a job in one of these high-demand roles.
To begin, here are the top cybersecurity job titles and their average salaries, according to CyberSeek:
* Salaries marked with (*) came from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.
^ Salaries marked with (^) came from the CompTIA IT Salary Calculator.
It’s important to note that a cybersecurity salary can vary depending on a variety of factors including the size and scope of the employer, geographic location and a candidate’s experience.
Learn more about cybersecurity from CompTIA.
In addition to these top nine jobs in cybersecurity, CyberSeek data shows that there is a plethora of entry-level job postings for these job titles:
While several of the top nine jobs in cybersecurity are mid-level and advanced-level job roles, these two cyber roles also boast a healthy number of job openings:
From network security to an incident responder or an ethical hacker, an IT security manager may be tasked with anything from installing, administering and troubleshooting security solutions to writing up security policies and training documents for colleagues. While other job roles are responsible for a specific part of the overall system, cybersecurity talent must be able to take a step back and see the big picture to keep it secure from cyberattacks and data breaches.
If you already have some technical skills under your belt, the first step is discovering how your knowledge transfers to the cybersecurity field. For example, if you understand code, you’ll be able to identify and protect against malicious code.
Of course, in technology there’s always something new to learn – and when fighting cybercrime, it’s even more true. Start by taking inventory of your transferable technical skills and make note of the skills you’d like to learn to land a job in cybersecurity. This applies to professional skills as well.
For those without a technical background, the entry to cybersecurity is a little different, but there’s still plenty of opportunity. For example, cyber policy analyst and technical writer are positions that you could obtain without the technical know-how. Think of these entry-level jobs as steppingstones to more advanced cybersecurity jobs as you gain more experience and training.
A cybersecurity career is extremely fulfilling! You get to do things like:
If you want to be a the cyber law enforcement at your organization in a field that continues to grow and offer financial stability, a cybersecurity career is calling your name.
Many cybersecurity jobs require formal training and education. CyberSeek breaks down education requirements and shows the percentage of online job listings requiring either less than a bachelor’s degree, a bachelor’s degree or a graduate degree.
For example, cybersecurity specialist is a term used to categorize entry-level cybersecurity jobs or jobs that perform cybersecurity tasks in addition to other IT tasks, such as tech support or networking. Job titles may include IT specialist information security or IT security specialist. The job postings for this role don’t require as much education as others – 19% of cybersecurity specialist postings require less than a bachelor’s degree, which is higher than more advanced job titles.
In contrast, a cybersecurity engineer is on the advanced-level career track, so if you’re interested in a career as such, you should know that 89% of job openings require higher education. In fact, 66% of cybersecurity engineer postings require a bachelor’s degree and 23% require a graduate degree.
Even more training and experience is required to become a chief information security officer (CISO). Typically, a candidate for this type of position is expected to have a bachelor’s degree in computer science or a related field and 7-12 years of work experience – including at least half of those years in a management role. A CISO is also expected to have deep technical knowledge.
You can dig deep into CyberSeek’s data for any of the top nine job titles and discover what education level is most common for your dream job.
If you’ve done any research on the topic, you know that the choices in information technology (IT) certifications are endless! We’ve combed through the recommendations for these top nine cybersecurity job titles and identified the certifications most requested.
It’s easy to assume that a top skill set recommended for any of these job titles would contain the word “security.” But what about the less obvious skills? As with IT certifications, we’ve filtered through the most popular skills on the job postings.
CyberSeek identified five feeder roles that often serve as steppingstones into an IT security career because of the similarities in skill requirements and significant skill overlap with multiple core cybersecurity roles. Click below to learn more about what those career paths look like:
The CyberSeek interactive heat map provides a granular snapshot of the demand for cybersecurity pros with the number of job openings in a state or metro area, and the number of active cybersecurity professionals in that area, too.
1. Texas: 83,126 job openings
Top metro area: Dallas-Forth Worth
2. California: 77,141 job openings
Top metro area: San Francisco
3. Virginia: 56,416 job openings
Top Metro area: Washington, DC
The COVID-19 pandemic forced IT pros to work remotely, and it even reinforced that many thrive in this type of work environment. You can check out our full list of top 11 remote IT jobs, and one particular cyber role made this list: cybersecurity analyst. If you’re hoping to score a full-time remote security job, check postings for this role first!
Now that you know more about what education, certifications and skills are recommended for these particular security job titles, you can plan your career journey accordingly. CyberSeek data is constantly updated, so come back often to find new skills or certifications you can add to your repertoire to make yourself a more attractive job candidate. If you are currently in an entry-level role and looking to get ahead, hone in on the items needed for that dream job, and you’ll be on your way to cybersecurity expert status.
Check out the CompTIA Cybersecurity Career Pathway to see how CompTIA certifications can help you get into cybersecurity and advance your cybersecurity career.
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