Learn about the various careers in information security and which ones the CASP+ exam focuses on.
- [Instructor] Information security is an in-demand field with tremendous opportunity. In 2018, there are currently more jobs than qualified people, making it an excellent career field with a lot of job security. In 2016, there was a 0% unemployment rate in the cybersecurity field. And it's expected to remain that way until at least 2021. This job security stems from the supply of certified and qualified cybersecurity workers, which is currently categorized as very low with over 300,000 open positions available.
This is in relation to the nearly 770,000 people who are already employed inside the industry. While many industries are shrinking in their manpower needs, cybersecurity and information security continues to expand. It's currently estimated that over six million jobs will need to be filled by the year 2020 and that there is gonna be a labor shortfall of over 3.5 million cybersecurity jobs by 2021. In fact, the US Bureau of Labor Statistics states that job growth in this sector is expected to continue at a rate of up to 18% through 2024.
Simply put, the industry continues to create more jobs and that means we need more certified and qualified professionals, people just like you. Information security is a lucrative field which has many well-paying positions. The CASP exam is targeted at the advanced level where positions are filled with people with an average of five years of experience in the field. The average cybersecurity manager or administrator position earns $114,000 here in the United States with several areas of the country demanding much higher salaries.
Cybersecurity engineers, those people who remain more technical than their managerial counterparts, will earn about $116,000 a year on average. This highly technical professional is the target audience and focus of the CompTIA Advanced Security Practitioner certification. Cybersecurity architects, who combine the enterprise security design from CASP with another more technical background such as a database administrator or server administrator, can command an annual salary of up to $133,000 per year on average.
In this map you can see the locations of all of the cybersecurity positions that are currently open and available in this country looking for new people to fill them. Of course, we see the well-known concentration areas of the Washington D.C. Metro area, which is a hub of government cybersecurity currently. But there's also a large demand in the Northeast, including New York, Massachusetts, and New Jersey. Out on the West Coast, California still has a large amount of open positions as does Texas and Florida in the South.
Everywhere you see dark blue on this map is an area that is in desperate need of more cybersecurity professionals. In this video, I've shared with you just a small glimpse into the needs of the cybersecurity industry. I recommend that you visit cyberseek.org for yourself and explore these interactive maps and career pathways. This website was created by a partnership between the United States government under a grant from the National Institute for Standards and Technology in cooperation with Burning Glass and CompTIA. It collected a large amount of data from both public, private, and government sources to create an interactive visualization of the current job market in order to allow employees and employers to make actionable decisions to help close the cybersecurity gap.
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