Outlook & Growth
This career is expected to grow at a faster than average rate through 2018. An increase in computer security jobs is expected as technology continues to advance and become more affordable (although it may be off-set to some extent by off-shoring). More businesses will add computers and will need specialists to make their networks secure.
In addition, use of the Internet by businesses should increase the demand for computer security specialists. Some specialists will work inside consulting firms dedicated exclusively to computer security issues.
Salary & Wages
What is a Cyber Security Specialist?
Cyber Security Education Requirements
There are many ways to become a computer security specialist. Many employers prefer to hire people with some formal college education. A bachelor’s degree in computer science or information systems is excellent preparation for this occupation. Another route is to major in your area of interest and minor in computer science.
Bachelor’s degrees in computer security—also called information assurance—are available online.
An important part of preparing for this field is learning the latest technology. Some people learn through classes and others teach themselves.
Entering the Field: