What Even IT Professionals Don’t Know About the Career Options in Cybersecurity

Posted by Matt Walden on 10 11, 2021

There’s no way around it today—cybersecurity has become a business imperative across all industries. As cyberattacks have steadily advanced in both their sophistication and potential to wreak havoc, the demand for skilled technology professionals and the amount of available career options has skyrocketed. 

Even those who have already found their way into a technical field like IT may not be fully aware of all the available positions in the cybersecurity world. However, the reality is that the field has grown far beyond anything we might have imagined in the past.

The Demand Has Spiked

Many people do not realize that cybersecurity, despite being a vital profession, is suffering from a shortage of professionals. This lack of talent has left many open cybersecurity positions to be filled, therefore causing the demand for professionals to skyrocket.

As of May 21st, 2021, there are over 465,000 open cybersecurity positions in the US alone. In addition, the average national ratio of qualified professionals to open jobs is extremely low at just 2.1. For the most part, this shortage results from the specific requests being made by potential cybersecurity employers to their prospective employees in terms of qualifications. In most cybersecurity firms, employers are requesting specific certifications for a prospective employee to be considered.

The starter certifications for cybersecurity and IT employees, such as CompTIA Security+, Certified Information Privacy Professional (CIPP), and Global Information Assurance Certification (GIAC), are plentiful. With more people holding certifications than there are job openings, you would think there would be a job shortage rather than a professional shortage. However, the evolving nature of cyberattacks has left most firms requesting more advanced certifications from their employees.

The average professional might believe that their initial qualifications are enough to earn them a position at a cybersecurity firm and therefore neglect pursuing advanced certifications. However, the lack of these certifications can negatively impact your ability to land a position in cybersecurity.

The Growth is Worthwhile

While the demand for cybersecurity professionals has become rampant recently, this has not impeded the profession's growth. The fact is that the world of cybersecurity will never stop growing as the threats will continue to evolve nonstop. The cybersecurity field has a projected growth of 33% until 2030 as an initial estimate. This rate is much faster than the national average for other career fields.

In addition, the position types available in the cybersecurity field are much more comprehensive than you might imagine. Examples include:

  • Threat Hunter: Experts who seek out threats ahead of time.
  • Red Teamer: Experts who operate with a hacker's mindset and attack systems.
  • Malware Analysts: Experts who study and neutralize malicious code.
  • Cloud Security Analysts: Experts who maintain the security of cloud databases.

And those are just to name a few, as there are dozens of different cybersecurity specialties that you might not know about—each one leaning into a different skill set to create the perfect defense against malicious code and hacking attempts.

Wrapping Up

The cybersecurity field is a profession that has become one of the most vital and expansive in the world. For those interested, the IT world is an excellent first step to becoming a member of the cybersecurity community as it gives you a head start developing the skills you need to succeed. 

If you are already in the field of cybersecurity or are looking for a place to break in for the first time, contact us at Infinity Consulting Solutions, so we can put you in the position you deserve.

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