Every day, hackers and cyber criminals launch new, sophisticated computer viruses, malware, and scams that threaten the data our society relies on. The industry is looking for individuals who can troubleshoot systems, reverse engineer malware, review hundreds of lines of firewall configuration, and create scripts in many languages.
We partnered with LinkedIn and researched various elements of the cybersecurity job market including:
- Employee and skill shortages
- Drivers of growth
- Job culture
- Required skills
- Experience needed
Western Governors University and LinkedIn also worked in partnership with other organizations to complete this study, including IT solutions and staffing firm Dash2. Experts from these organizations observe the cybersecurity industry and give insight into what they have seen happening.
Cybersecurity experts agree that this field is continually growing, and there are huge opportunities for those who are ready to jump in and grab them.
“Cybersecurity is in dire need of really good people. You can learn security, as long as you have an aptitude for it, and an interest and a passion for it.”—Randall "Fritz" Frietzsche, Chief Information Security Officer for Denver Health
"Securing your business is not a one-and-done investment, and more companies are beginning to realize this. Hackers know that many companies don't do the foundational-level work, so they automate these attacks to target small to mid-sized businesses."— Greg Larsen, Director of IT Services at Dash2
"Now, because of automation that allows hackers to target larger numbers of businesses, it's more enticing to go after 10,000 vulnerable small to medium-sized businesses than one whale."—Brandon Knotts, CEO of Dash2
"The IT programs at WGU are effective in laying solid foundations and providing on-ramps into a place of understanding, where students can become creators in IT rather than merely consumers."—David Ricker, Director of Enterprise Analytics and Business Systems at Dartmouth College
"I can unequivocally say that the caliber of IT programs that WGU offers is among the best. The variety of courses and disciplines within IT alone allow students to explore different areas to determine what they like best, while giving them the real-life practical skills they need to be successful in their future careers.”—Mischel Kwon, Founder and CEO of MKACyber
Your curiosity is piqued. Now is the time to look at degree programs to prepare you best for the field of cybersecurity. Our programs are packed with quality and value—certifications included.
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The demand for cybersecurity professionals has reached critical levels. There are a lot of high-paying entry and mid-level jobs that companies need to staff, but are unable to find candidates with the right qualifications. The potential for career growth is also huge, with staffing needs growing every day.
Cybersecurity is a very friendly, collegial field. These professionals have a mission-first attitude and are ready and eager to help anyone who wants to join the fight by mentoring them and connecting them with the tools and resources they need to succeed. Because career growth is high, so are salaries.
You don’t have to be a computer wizard to succeed in cybersecurity, you just need to be curious, willing to learn, and passionate about defending against threats. While you will need to learn the technical skills to be successful, this industry desperately needs employees who have great soft skills, work well with others, and can communicate clearly.