Cybersecurity offers a wide variety of career opportunities and salary potential. Whether you want to transition into a highly technical role like a security engineer or forensic analyst, or you prefer the leadership track as a security manager or chief information security officer, you have plenty of options.
- [Instructor] Most people make career moves because they want better pay or a more rewarding career. If that sounds like you, then a career as a cybersecurity professional can help you get both. No matter what your current background or experience is, you'll likely find a cybersecurity job and career track that matches what you're looking for. Just some of the career paths include analyst, auditor, consultant, engineer, architect, manager, and director.
These, and many others, specialized paths exist for cybersecurity professionals. You can also earn a higher overall salarary as a cybersecurity professional. In a 2018 salary survey, salaries for cybersecurity professionals were expected to increase 7% that year. This is compared to only 2% across all IT specialists. This salary premium for cybersecurity professionals is due to high demand and low supply.
If you're an experienced cybersecurity professional, you can get paid even more. In 2015, a survey found that experienced chief information security officers, or CISOs, could make up to $186,000. That number is probably higher today. But you don't need to be manager or have many years of experience to get high salaries in cybersecurity. In fact, believe it or not, cybersecurity engineers with good soft skills can make more than CISOs.
In 2017, a CSO online article reported that cybersecurity engineers with more than eight years of experience in key metro areas like New York City can earn an average annual salary of $135,000. But cybersecurity engineers with similar experience can earn $180,000 to $220,000 as sale engineers who help sales teams by giving demos of technical security solutions.
Boosting your cybersecurity salary boils down to two strategies: focus on hot, high-demand security skills and gain practical, real-world experience, the more the better.
- 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