Planning to build your tech career in 2017? You may want to consider a few high-demand fields that are positioned to take off this year. We’re profiling careers to watch, along with everything you need to get started.
There’s one clear reason that we’re watching Cybersecurity careers in 2017- demand for jobs like cybersecurity specialist and information security analyst has completely taken off in recent years. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, jobs in information security are expected to grow 37% by 2022- much faster than most careers. Hot areas for growth are security analytics / SIEM (10%); threat intelligence (10% +); mobile security (18%); and cloud security (50%).
Why all the momentum? It has to do with the way software is changing business. More and more sectors are quickly becoming mobile and web-based, from banking to retail to healthcare. As networks become broader they become more vulnerable, and hackers get more sophisticated.
If your skillset includes strategy and problem-solving, it could pay to learn cybersecurity. The field offers a chance to do hands-on, exciting work with room for lots of growth, leadership, and creativity.
Cybersecurity is not just for those who already have an engineering degree. Thanks to post-collegiate training programs, many employers are hiring less-traditional candidates for entry-level cybersecurity jobs. The high demand also means that employers are becoming more and more interested in bootcamp grads. For those looking to make a switch into cybersecurity in 2017, we're put outlined a roadmap to get you started:
1. Learn The Basics. Not sure if Cybersecurity is for you? Try it out with these courses:
2. Research Bootcamps. A cybersecurity bootcamp can give you all the skills to either transition into cybersecurity from software engineering, or land an entry-level cybersecurity job. Take a look at the full list here and check out the following:
3. Choose A Career Path.There is a huge amount of room to grow in cybersecurity, so it’s a good idea to have an understanding of your long-term career goals. Take a look at a few career options post-bootcamp:
Cybersecurity Analyst: Entry-level cybersecurity professionals will likely start out as a cybersecurity analyst or information security analyst. You’ll be responsible for protecting a company’s computer networks and systems by pinpointing risks and weaknesses. The role will continue to evolve with the company, as new products bring the potential for new cyber attacks. Entry- Level Cybersecurity Analyst salary: $70,500
Security Engineer: While Security Analysts try to find weaknesses in the system, a Security Engineer is concerned with building fool-proof security systems. This is more of a mid-level position, for those with some experience under their belts. Average Security Engineer salary: $93,653
Security Architect: A Security Architect is more of a senior position, and often leads a team. The job involves designing, building, and overseeing complex network and computer security at a high level, and making sure everything works without a hitch. Average Security Architect salary: $127,000