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Career Outlook: Cybersecurity Jobs and Salaries

Position Yourself as a Leader in Digital Asset Protection

  • Companies spent more than $86 billion on cybersecurity in 20171
  • According to Cybersecurity Ventures, by 2021, there will be at least 3.5 million cybersecurity job openings2
  • 40,000 new cybersecurity jobs go unfilled every year3
  • Postings for cybersecurity jobs grew 91% between 2010 and 2014, compared to 28% growth for general IT job postings4

Senior security analyst. Security manager. Chief information security officer.

These are just some of the job titles you will be qualified for after you complete your Master of Science in Cybersecurity from Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota.

Large organizations that have to protect large volumes of data need a skilled leader in cybersecurity. These roles require both the technical expertise and business leadership skills to communicate the importance of data protection and ensure implementation.

When you graduate with your master’s in cybersecurity, you’ll meet the need for both technical and business expertise with a perfect balance of knowledge and skills — from intrusion detection to negotiation, from risk management to communications.

Income. Industries. Employers.

According to Bureau of Labor Statistics, the median salary in 2018 for top-tier cybersecurity positions was $104,358. With your Master of Science in Cybersecurity, you’ll be prepared for cybersecurity jobs and salaries like these:

JOB TITLE MEDIAN INCOME
Computer Network Architect $109,0205
Information Security Analyst $98,3506
Information Security Engineer $109,3407
Information Security Officer $91,5628
Information Security Specialist $75,3479
Information Systems Manager $142,53010

In addition, cybersecurity experts are urgently needed in a wide variety of industries to protect important assets from cyber-intruders. Leading industries include:

  • Banking and Finance
  • Healthcare
  • Retail
  • Non-Profit
  • Education
  • Technology
  • Government
  • Manufacturing

Employers as varied as Booz Allen Hamilton, AT&T, JP Morgan Chase, Microsoft, Boeing, and Lockheed Martin are all on the lookout for cybersecurity leaders.

You’ll graduate from Saint Mary’s with the right mix of technical and business expertise that you’ll need to stand out to these high-level employers in today’s job market.

Program Outcomes

With your Master of Science in Cybersecurity from Saint Mary’s, you’ll be able to:

  • Demonstrate the business management skills relevant to administering information security programs in organizations
  • Apply leadership skills in information security planning
  • Achieve proficiency in communicating technical information
  • Develop a strategic balance between business needs and overall information security architecture planning
  • Evaluate risk management frameworks, methods and strategies
  • Plan for cyberattacks on networks and computer systems
  • Protect enterprise-wide information assets

You’ll also be prepared to sit for exams for the Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP) and Certified Information Security Manager (CISM) — industry certifications that are increasingly in demand by employers.

Find out more about how the online Master of Science in Cybersecurity can help you become the solution to cyberattacks. Call 877-308-9954 to speak to an enrollment counselor or request more information.

References:

1Ackerman, Bob (2018, February 9). The Road for Cybersecurity in 2018. Retrieved from https://allegiscyber.com/2018/02/the-road-for-cybersecurity-in-2018/.
2Morgan, Steve (2017). Cybersecurity Jobs Report, 2017 Edition, A Special Report from the Editors at Cybersecurity Ventures. Retrieved from https://www.herjavecgroup.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/07/HG-and-CV-The-Cybersecurity-Jobs-Report-2017.pdf.
3Kauflin, Jeff (2017, March 16). The Fast-Growing Job With A Huge Skills Gap: Cyber Security, Forbes. Retrieved from https://www.forbes.com/sites/jeffkauflin/2017/03/16/the-fast-growing-job-with-a-huge-skills-gap-cyber-security/#174302545163.
4Yasin, Rutrell (2016, March 14). 5 Hot Security Job Skills. Retrieved from https://www.darkreading.com/careers-and-people/5-hot-security-job-skills-/d/d-id/1324678.
5Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, Computer Network Architects. Retrieved from https://www.bls.gov/ooh/computer-and-information-technology/computer-network-architects.htm.
6Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, Information Security Analysts. Retrieved from https://www.bls.gov/ooh/computer-and-information-technology/information-security-analysts.htm.
7Payscale, Average Senior Information Security Engineer Salary. Retrieved from https://www.payscale.com/research/US/Job=Senior_Information_Security_Engineer/Salary.
8Payscale, Average Information Security Officer Salary. Retrieved from https://www.payscale.com/research/US/Job=Information_Security_Officer/Salary.
9Payscale, Average Information Security Specialist Salary. Retrieved from https://www.payscale.com/research/US/Job=Information_Security_Specialist/Salary.
10Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, Computer and Information Systems Managers. Retrieved from https://www.bls.gov/ooh/management/computer-and-information-systems-managers.htm.