Cybersecurity Career Awareness Week
- Published: Tuesday, Oct. 19, 2021
Explore. Experience. Share. October is Cybersecurity Awareness Month. This week, the focus is on cybersecurity careers.
Did you know:
- There are more cybersecurity jobs available than there are skilled people to fulfill those jobs?
- The industry is expected to have 3.5 million unfilled cybersecurity jobs by the end of 2021, according to Cyber Ventures?
- The Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts cybersecurity jobs will grow 31 percent through 2029, over seven times faster than the national average job growth of four percent?
- There are almost 500,000 job openings in cybersecurity right now?
- In Missouri, an entry-level job in cybersecurity can earn an average of $67,860 per year?
Talk the talk so you can walk the walk. Understand the terminology connected to cybersecurity. Plan to join clubs and organizations. Attend conferences and webinars. Do job shadowing or internships. Acquaint yourself with the various job opportunities in cybersecurity and zero in on your specialty. Read and research.
Education vs Certifications
Which is more beneficial? The answer is, it depends! Depending on the type of job you are seeking will often determine the level of proficiency you must possess. Of course, a good education to understand networking basics is essential. Experience can't be overlooked. Certifications in areas that are applicable to the job will definitely give you a lift.
If you are currently in a cybersecurity career, reach out to the community. Share your experiences and your role in your institution; invite interested parties to get involved.