In a time when new reports of compromised data seem to emerge with alarming regularity, it’s little surprise that cyber security is among today’s fastest-growing fields.
Employment of information security analysts is projected to grow 37 percent through 2022, much faster than the average for all occupations, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). Driving this high demand, says the BLS, is a need for analysts who can come up with innovative solutions to prevent hackers from stealing critical information or creating havoc on computer networks.1
Those interested in pursuing opportunities in the high-growth field often choose to pursue a bachelor’s degree in information security or a related field, with an eye on developing the skill set today’s employers in the field demand. While these skills no doubt evolve over time, understanding the current lineup of most sought-after capabilities is an important step in preparing for this career path.
Currently, the top 10 specialized skills require for cyber security jobs include:2
- Network Security
- Transmission Control Protocol/Internet Protocol (TCP/IP)
- System and Network Configuration
Some of the top certifications for cyber security professionals include:
- CompTIA's Security+
- GIAC Security Essentials
- Certified Ethical Hacker (CEH)
- Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP)
- Certified Information Security Manager (CISM)
- CISA (Certified Information Systems Auditor)
As for the types of roles these employers are pursuing, these are the top 10 job titles in the IT security field3:
- Security Engineer
- Information Security Analyst
- Network Security Engineer
- Information Security Engineer
- Security Analyst
- Security Architect
- Information Technology Security Analyst
- Security Specialist
- Infosec Specialist
- Information Assurance Engineer
Interested in learning more about pursuing a career path in the information security arena? Explore the Information Security and Assurance degree program at AIU or speak to an admissions advisor.
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1U.S. Department of Labor. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Occupational Outlook Handbook: Human Resources Manager. [online] Available at http://www.bls.gov/ooh/computer-and-information-technology/information-security-analysts.htm [Visited 24 June 2014]
2Labor/Insight (Burning Glass Technologies), 1/1/13-1/31/13