There are many good reasons to transition from your current career to one in cybersecurity. Learn how the growing number of unfilled cybersecurity jobs, the higher salaries commanded by security professionals, and the projected future demand for information security specialists all create the perfect opportunity for transitioning to a career in cybersecurity.
- [Instructor] Out of all the possible career moves you could make, why is transitioning to cybersecurity a good choice? Here are three reasons why this could be the right move for you. First is higher salary. Research firm Cybersecurity Ventures says that spending on cybersecurity products and services is expected to exceed $1 trillion during the five-year period of 2017 to 2021. They also project that there will be 3.5 million unfilled cybersecurity jobs by 2021, and the cybersecurity unemployment rate will remain at 0% for years.
These predictions mean a cybersecurity job market that will have high demand for more workers years into the future. And because of this high demand, cybersecurity salaries are rising. Second, switching to cybersecurity opens your range of career options. As a cybersecurity professional, you'll be able to select from a wide variety of roles, including technical, sales, and management roles. No matter what your current expertise or career goal is, you should be able to find a cybersecurity job that's a good fit for you.
Finally, unlike many other types of jobs, cybersecurity often offers work flexibility. As far as location is concerned, cybersecurity jobs are in demand all over the world, in towns big and small. Whether you're looking in your home town or some romantic location where you've always wanted to live, you shouldn't have any trouble finding a cybersecurity job there. Also, because many security jobs are largely computer-based, you might be able to do some or all of your work from home. And depending on the nature of your job, you could also negotiate non-standard work hours if those work better for your schedule.
While you might have personal reasons for transitioning to a cybersecurity career other than the ones I've mentioned. These three are often cited as ones that inspire others to make the switch.
- Identifying your potential
- Targeting a career or specialization
- Researching jobs
- Locating training
- Shadowing cybersecurity experts
- Earning certifications
- Studying IT basics
- Revising your resume
- Applying for jobs
- Acing the interview
- Creating a professional brand