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                      Five Reasons To Pursue A Cybersecurity Career In 2018

          (NAPSI)—Cybersecurity, as an industry, is one of the high-  no further than cybersecurity.
          est-paying, fastest-growing and most in demand in the U.S.,
          yet there are not enough skilled professionals in the pipeline to   4. Near Top in Compensation
          fi ll open positions, leading to a sizable skills gap. The Bureau
          of Labor Statistics (BLS) fi nds that the demand for informa-  For many Americans, a good salary is vital for job satisfaction.
          tion security analysts who can prevent data breaches is expect-  Glassdoor found that nearly 70 percent of people say that com-
          ed to be very high over the next decade. From 2016−2026,   pensation is among their top considerations when pursuing a
          BLS projects employment to grow 28 percent, with 28,400   job6. High salaries is another reason to pursue these careers,
          additional jobs added by 20261.                         according to Gibson. BLS reports the median annual wage of
                                                                  an information security analyst is $92,6007. Salaries can even
          Despite the growing need, a University of Phoenix College of   exceed six fi gures in top markets as companies compete for
          Information Systems and Technology survey found that only   skilled professionals8.
          18 percent of the 2,016 U.S. adults surveyed were interested in
          pursuing a cybersecurity education or profession. Cybersecuri-  5. Skill Set Is Transferable to a Number of Industries
          ty can be a rewarding career, especially for those who want to
          help organizations or be part of a dynamic industry.    With a defi cit of skilled cybersecurity professionals in today’s
                                                                  workforce, IT employees may be expected to help manage
          Maurice Gibson, assistant dean at University of Phoenix,   system security and infrastructure. For this reason, Gibson
          shares fi ve reasons to pursue a cybersecu-                               suggests that having cybersecurity expe-
          rity career in 2018.                                                     rience can help when changing careers.
                                                                                   He says many of the IT skill sets that
          1. Cybersecurity Careers Are Here to                                     cybersecurity professionals possess—
          Stay                                                                     such as coding, systems administration
                                                                                   and data analytics—can be useful résumé
          With the rise of technology comes in-                                    additions for just about any job in the
          creases in cybercrime, according to data                                 tech industry.
          from Cybersecurity Ventures2. Gibson
          believes technology has converged with                                    “Cybersecurity, as an industry, is one of
          nearly all industries, meaning more   Cybersecurity is a growing-and     the highest-paying, fastest-growing and
          companies will need trained professionals   well-paid-fi eld for those with proper   most in demand in the U.S., yet there are
          to combat hackers in the future. In fact,        training.               not enough skilled professionals in the
          LinkedIn listed network information                                      pipeline to fi ll open positions, leading to
          security as the sixth most in-demand skill for today’s digitally   a sizable skills gap.”
          advanced working world3. Cybersecurity spending is expected
          to exceed $1 trillion between 2017 and 2021, fi nds Cybersecu-  1)
          rity Ventures, driving the need for more qualifi ed profession-  nology/information-security-analysts.htm#tab-6
          2. Job Opportunities Across Nearly All Industries       top-5-cybersecurity-facts-fi gures-and-statistics-for-2017.html

          As technology converges with business, Gibson says nearly   3)
          all companies will soon become tech companies, providing   will-get-you-hired.html
          cybersecurity professionals with myriad job opportunities
          across numerous industries4. Cybersecurity jobs are no longer   4)
          shoehorned into only the government, fi nance or technology   tries-for-it-security-job-seekers
          industries. From retail and health care to media and start-ups,
          cybersecurity professionals may have the option to choose an   5)
          industry they most want to work in.                     nology/information-security-analysts.htm#tab-6

          3. Competition for Jobs Remains Low                     6)
          With more open jobs than people to fi ll them, competition
          continues to remain low in the cybersecurity workforce. The   7)
          BLS projects employment of information security analysts   nology/information-security-analysts.htm#tab-5
          to grow 28 percent from 2016 to 2026, much faster than the
          average for all occupations5. Gibson says individuals seeking   8)
          a growing career with plenty of job opportunities should look   ry-SRCH_KO0,14.htm
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