Cybersecurity Unfilled Jobs
According to Cisco In 2014 there were 1 million unfilled cybersecurity jobs globally. By 2021 that number will grow to 3.5 million openings. The cybersecurity unemployment rate has plummeted to 0%, and it’s expected to remain there for the next several years. Near term, we expect the world to employ 6 million cybersecurity workers by 2019. There’s also a shortfall of cyber defenders at organizations of all sizes and types, ranging from Fortune 500 and Global 2000 corporations to small-to-midsize businesses to governments and schools globally.
Women in Cybersecurity
A new study conducted by the Center for Cyber Safety and Education™ and presented by the Executive Women’s Forum on Information Security, Risk Management & Privacy and (ISC)2®, and cosponsored by PwC, finds that the number of women working in the US information security field is 34 percentage points lower than the US average of women in the workforce (48% women are in the US workforce, compared to just 14% in the US information security workforce).
According to (ISC)2® Women are underrepresented. Female cybersecurity workers remain relatively rare. In North America, only 14% of the region’s cybersecurity professionals are women. That compares with 10% in Asia-Pacific, 9% in Africa, 8% in Latin America and 7% in Europe.
Cybersecurity sales engineer could lead to a bump in pay by as much as 50%. Some sales engineers earn upward of $200,000 annually. CISOs command the industry’s top pay, which is expected to average more than $240,000 annually in 2018, according to according to Robert Half Technology’s 2018 Salary Guide. The highest cybersecurity salaries are between $350,000 and $400,000 for CISOs in cities such as San Francisco and New York.
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A lack of interest?
A 2017 survey by the University of Phoenix says it’s not a field that attracts job applicants. “Eighty percent of respondents said [they] have no interest in pursuing a career in cybersecurity,” said Dennis Bonilla, executive dean of the College of Information System and Technology at the University of Phoenix, in an interview with WNCN, a CBS local news station in North Carolina. According to a study by Raytheon, less than half of high school students have been approached by a parent, teacher, or guidance counselor about an education or career in cybersecurity.
However, other data suggests there’s growing interest from students entering college, and IT employees thinking about cybersecurity to strengthen their current positions. Across the US there are more than 125 colleges and universities offering a master’s degree in cybersecurity. Many of those programs offer online-only classes and degrees, making it easy for students to get a degree.
The cybersecurity landscape add up to a high paying opportunities and with companies desperately needing more talent, it’s a win win situation.