Most Sought-After Professionals In The Tech Sector
The US Federal government will need to fill approximately 10,000 openings for cyber professionals in 2016. Cyber functions are scattered across 100 different federal job categories. Cybersecurity jobs are in high demand and growing across the entire
economy. Traditionally, the cornerstone of cybersecurity was with defense contractors and government agencies. Recently, hiring has boomed in industries such as Finance, Health Care, and Retail.
“There are plenty of other jobs related to cybersecurity -- acquisition professionals, lawyers, you name it -- where we need this skill sets inside the government, and we can't get them in at scale right now,“ - Trevor Rudolph, OMB Head of CyberSecurity Unit
IT services sector experienced the largest increase in jobs and the largest payroll of the entire tech sector. Within IT, job postings for cybersecurity has grown 3x faster than IT jobs overall.
Demand is Outstripping Supply
Current global demand for cybersecurity professionals is 4.5M with only 2.5M candidates available. Estimates show demand for cyber professionals is 12x greater than supply generating more than 5 million open positions by 2019.
Charting The Cyber Professional Path
Like it or Not, modern life is spent defending the digital world from cyber-attacks and it’s a good time to be looking for a cybersecurity job. As technology continues to be ever-present in our lives, so will the need for cyber professionals. Cybersecurity is growing at a rapid rate and is no longer relegated to traditional defense contractors and government agencies. As a cyber professional, you will have a huge range of career options across a wide variety of industries (e.g. finance, government, retail, etc.).
Certifications Count! 93% of hiring managers state certifications are important
Networking works! 80% of jobs are landed through networking
Not Technical, No Problem! There are other cyber ‘hybrid’ jobs like auditors and activity regulators.
As the field of cybersecurity continues to grow, so do the disciplines within it. Cybersecurity work includes using problem solving skills often compared to those of a detective - the analysis of policy, trends and intelligence to better understand how an adversary may think or act. This level of work complexity requires the cyber professional to possess a broad range of knowledge, skills and abilities. Due to this broad range and diversity of skills, there are many different jobs options within the field of cybersecurity. There is no one true path to working in cybersecurity and people come at it from all angles – math, computer science, even history or philosophy.
Preparing for a career in cybersecurity has never been easier!
Many disciplines within the field have industry certifications that verify the knowledge and ability of the applicants. Aside from technical competency, businesses believe that employees with certifications possess better communication skills and better project management skills – all important for a successful career in cyber.
Due to our experience within the US Armed Forces and direct knowledge of the US federal cyber workforce, CyberAcademy is specifically tailored to prepare for critical cyber certifications as well as shaping the graduates to enter the US federal cyber workforce. For example, the below is a roadmap for a career path for an Information Assurance Technician (IAT), Manager (IAM), Architect/Engineer (IASAE) and Computer Network Defense (CND) professions.
Each of the degrees within CyberAcademy teaches concepts that correlate to these and many other certification tracks. Foundation and Intermediate coding classes are applicable in varying degrees and are of significant value in order to be effective in jobs that require these certifications. Our Defensive CyberSecurity Operations Degree (DCO) spans all of the DoD-8570.1 certifications. This DoD mandate requires every full- and part-time military service member, defense contractor, civilian and foreign employee with privileged access to a DoD system, regardless of job series or occupational specialty, to obtain a commercial certification credential that has been accredited by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI).