Employers, "The Industry," and You: The 2019 Cyber Security Job Outlook
Let’s examine four cyber security job categories for the 2019 Job Outlook: SOC Analyst, Penetration Tester, Network Engineer, and Cyber Security Engineer.SOC AnalystQuick Summary: Information security analysts (or security operations center analysts) plan and carry out security measures to protect computer networks and systems. Their responsibilities continue to expand as the number of cyber attacks increases.Job Outlook: Employment of information security analysts is projected to grow 28 percent from 2016 to 2026, much faster than the average for all occupations. Demand for information security analysts is expected to be very high as analysts will need to create innovative solutions to prevent malicious intruders from stealing critical information or causing problems for computer networks.Projected Median Pay: $95,510 per year or $45.92 per hour (USD)Extra Info > The Myers-Briggs Type for many SOC Analysts is Introverted-Intuitive-Thinking-Judging (INTJ)
Penetration TesterQuick Summary: A penetration tester creates scripts and uses knowledge and experience to find vulnerabilities in corporate networks, applications and internal systems. Penetration testers also use out-of-the-box applications that automate testing.Job Outlook: Employment of penetration testers (which are classified with information security analysts) is projected to grow 28 percent from 2016 to 2026, much faster than the average for all occupations. Demand for penetration tester is expected to be very high as testers will need to create innovative solutions to look for whole where malicious intruders could enter a network or other system and attempt to steal critical information or causing problems for computer networks.Projected Median Pay: $95,510 per year or $45.92 per hour (USD)Extra Info > Seven Characteristics of a Good Penetration Tester: Good grasp of operating systems and networks; Always up-to-date in technology knowledge; Analytical and meticulous; Enjoys a good challenge; Great communicator; Social engineering skills; A passion for cybersecurity
Network EngineerQuick Summary: Network engineers make and maintain network systems that all employees in the organization will use. This role involves many tasks and responsibilities that can vary, depending on the specific organization.Job Outlook: The growth of about six percent is expected in the employment of network engineers, from 2016 to 2026. The demand for network engineers has increased over the last decade as companies have expanded their IT networks. Designing new networks or upgrading current ones will continue to create new opportunities for network engineers. Additionally, the increase in healthcare information technology will further add to network engineering opportunities.Projected Median Pay: $104,650 per year or 52.32 per hour (USD)Extra Info > Top Five Movies for Engineers: 5. Tron; 4. Sphere; 3. The Social Network; 2. October Sky; 1. Apollo 13
Cyber Security EngineerQuick Summary: Cyber Security Engineers often plan, coordinate, and direct computer-related activities in an organization. They help determine the information technology goals of an organization and are responsible for implementing computer systems to meet those goals.Job Outlook: Employment of cyber security engineers is projected to grow 12 percent from 2016 to 2026, faster than the average for all occupations. Demand for cyber security engineers will grow as firms increasingly expand their businesses using digital platforms.Projected Median Pay: $139,220 per year or $66.93 per hour (USD)Extra Info > Good advice for Cyber Security Engineers (and everyone else in cyber security): “Have fun with the work and don’t try to learn everything all at once.”
Growth continues to be promising in the world of cyber security, so keep pursuing your dreams and studying hard. And, with all of this being said, remember that the cyber security industry is still in its infancy compared to many other industries, so you may hit a few bumps in the road as you search for work. Remember to stay focused on the positive and use your skills to create a more peaceful world.
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