If you are an engineer looking for new opportunities, it might be time to consider the cybersecurity market. According to data from Indeed, there are only 66.7 job seekers for every 100 open cybersecurity jobs in the United States, which means now is a great time for software engineers to consider making the switch to cybersecurity.
The Future of The Cybersecurity Job Market
Cybersecurity as an industry is expected to grow from $75 billion currently to $170 billion by 2020. According to data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, there are over 200,000 unfilled cybersecurity jobs in the United States and postings are up nearly 75% over the last five years. Through the year 2020, the growth rate is expected to be around 37%.
Cisco, however, reports an even wider gap, estimating there are actually one million cybersecurity job openings with demand expected to climb six-fold over the next two to three years. Because there is a shortage of cybersecurity talent in the market, employers are shelling out big bucks to attract great people. Typically, cybersecurity jobs pay nearly 10% more than other IT niches, earning nearly $6,500 per year more than their counterparts in other disciplines.
There is a lot of upward mobility in the security niche, as well. As the industry continues to grow, engineers will be able to write their own tickets. They can work for corporations on an in-house team and move up that ladder, or they can work for private security companies that provide services to help businesses keep their data secure. Six-figure salaries are the norm for experienced cybersecurity engineers which means a lifetime of financial security.
What it Takes To Make the Switch
If you are an experienced software engineer looking to move into cybersecurity, it won’t be too hard for you to get your foot in the door. However, you may want to commit to earning some important security certifications to help give yourself a leg up against the competition. There are entry-level certifications available through the Computer Technology Industry Association. As you advance, it is wise to pursue Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP) certification through the International Information Systems Security Certification Consortium.
Security engineers need to have excellent problem-solving skills, strong analytic skills, the ability to work well with both technical teams and non-technical teams, collaboration skills and a passion for learning, since nothing stays the same for very long in the information security field.
Are You A Software Engineer Interested Cybersecurity Job Opportunities?
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