Pursuing a career in cybersecurity means joining a booming industry, where available jobs outnumber qualified candidates. According to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, the number of jobs across the industry is expected to increase by 33% over the next 8 years. This growth is fueled by an ever-evolving technology landscape, continued digitalization of both our personal and professional lives, the COVID-19 pandemic, and other global happenings.
The career resources below are provided to support your journey into a career in cybersecurity. Follow your interests, identify opportunities, and create a career path that's right for you.
Why Consider a Career in Cybersecurity ?
If you're looking for an exciting career that has low unemployment, is in high demand, and can provide a sense of career satisfaction, then look no further than the field of cybersecurity.
The current demand for cybersecurity professionals in the public and private sectors is making employers scale up and out. If you’re ready for a challenge, the opportunity is there for you.
One of the biggest benefits of getting into cybersecurity right now is that there is high demand. A 2019 cybersecurity workforce study, found that there was a global shortage of cybersecurity professionals of about 2.9 million in 2018. As a result, there is extremely low unemployment among cybersecurity professionals.
Due to such high demand and a relatively low supply of qualified labor, cybersecurity has pretty good salary ranges. The average salary in North America for cybersecurity-related jobs is $90,000 compared to the average salary wage of 40,000. So with a reasonable amount of experience and some certifications you can expect to make double the national average.
This profession requires you to work in many different situations and with the latest technologies. The broad skills needed make cybersecurity an attractive profession for people from all sorts of backgrounds.
While you’ll learn best practices and principles, there’s always something new to learn and always a new opportunity to excel.
You’re preventing real criminals from taking advantage of your friends and family, as well as schools, businesses, your community, and more.
Careers & Games
Participating in cybersecurity competitions offers tremendous benefits to job-seekers interested in pursuing a career in cyber. From preparing for the competition to networking afterward, cyber games create impactful opportunities for cyber-interested individuals at all levels of proficiency. These competitions and games expose participants to relevant skills, emphasize teamwork, communication, and leadership, replicate the types of environments cyber professionals work in, and most importantly, they're fun.
- 714,548 cybersecurity job openings today in the United States. (CyberSeek)
- The global cybersecurity workforce needs to grow by 65% to effectively defend organizations’ critical assets. (ISC2 Cybersecurity Workforce Study, 2021)
- 88% of respondents viewed cybersecurity-related risk as a business risk, not just a technology risk. (Gartner, View from the Board of Directors Survey, 2022)
- Information Security Analyst will be the 10th fastest growing occupation over the next decade, with an employment growth rate of 3% compared to the 4% average growth rate for all occupations. (U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2021)
- The most important technical skills, according to (ICS)2’s Cybersecurity Career Pursuers Study, 2021 include 25% Cloud Security; 17% Data Analysis; 14% Coding or Programming.
The US Cyber Games is proud to partner with the following agencies and organizations in an effort to connect well-qualified cyber talent to lifelong career opportunities in cybersecurity.
Leidos is a Fortune 500® information technology, engineering, and science solutions and services leader working to solve the world’s toughest challenges in the defense, intelligence, civil, and health markets. The company’s 40,000 employees support vital missions for government and commercial customers. Leidos is headquartered in Reston, Virginia.
Microsoft’s Detection and Response Team, comprised of Incident Response professionals across the globe, is an agile group of responders who dedicate 100% of their career to investigating, disrupting, and thwarting malicious activity from determined human adversaries and advanced actors specializing in targeted exploitation.
The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) was founded in 1901 and is now part of the U.S. Department of Commerce. NIST is one of the nation's oldest physical science laboratories. Congress established the agency to remove a major challenge to U.S. industrial competitiveness at the time — a second-rate measurement infrastructure that lagged behind the capabilities of the United Kingdom, Germany and other economic rivals.
At Raytheon Intelligence & Space, we have aligned our corporate social responsibility platforms with our business strategy to make a lasting impact in the community. We help protect and create a sustainable environment, inspire students through STEM education, and support our veterans, service members and their families. Our employees live their values by volunteering in the communities where they live and work, as well as connecting with organizations we support across the business like Student Veterans of America, and Boys & Girls Clubs serving U.S. military bases.
The Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) is the nation’s risk advisor, working with partners to defend against today’s threats and collaborating to build a more secure and resilient infrastructure for the future. CISA leads the effort to enhance the security, resiliency, and reliability of the nation's cybersecurity and communications infrastructure.
Cybersecurity Awareness Week
Cybersecurity Career Awareness Week, every 3rd week in October, is an effort to build awareness about the variety of cybersecurity careers that are available and share resources for those interested in pursuing a career in cybersecurity.
Discovering Cybersecurity Careers – A page of resources from industry, academia, and government that provide job descriptions, salary information, employment outlooks, educational requirements, overviews of sample cybersecurity opportunities, and more.
CyberSeek provides detailed, actionable data about supply and demand in the cybersecurity job market.
Cybersecurity Career Pathway - There are many opportunities for workers to start and advance their careers within cybersecurity. This interactive career pathway shows key jobs within cybersecurity, common transition opportunities between them, and detailed information about the salaries, credentials, and skillsets associated with each role.
National Initiative for Cybersecurity Careers and Studies (NICCS)https://niccs.cisa.gov/
As technology advances, the United States must develop a workforce of effective cybersecurity professionals. NICCS helps users find the cybersecurity education and training they need to advance their careers and close the skill gaps across the workforce.
NICCS Cyber Careers Pathway - This tool provides a new and interactive way to explore work roles within the Workforce Framework for Cybersecurity (NICE Framework).
The (ISC)² Cybersecurity Workforce Study
This study aims to better understand the barriers facing the cybersecurity profession and uncover strategies that organizations can use to recruit, build and strengthen their cybersecurity teams. It provides insights into these talented individuals who are excelling in this field, securing their organizations’ critical assets, and advancing in their careers.
Verizon Data Breach Investigations Report (DBIR)
Now in its 15th year, this industry benchmarking report provides information on global cybersecurity data breaches and threat patterns.