Cybersecurity Professionals Are in High Demand

Studying cybersecurity in college, Mason Bird is a hard-working student and a talented athlete. In high school, Mason Bird’s dedication to his studies consistently earned him a place on the honor roll. He now applies the same focus to becoming knowledgeable about the field of cybersecurity.

With recent cyber attacks on businesses such as CentCom, Home Depot, and Target, the field of cybersecurity is coming into the spotlight and increasing the demand for cybersecurity professionals. Over the next few years, there will be a need for 3.5 million cybersecurity professionals, according to Sri Sridharan, who heads a group of 12 state universities working to train students to fill these much-needed positions.

To illustrate the growing demand for professionals in this field, Kenneth Knapp, who is the chair of the University of Tampa’s Information and Technology Department, says each week he is contacted by companies looking to hire cybersecurity graduates. The median starting salary for positions in the field is $89,000 a year. Interestingly, only about one-third of jobs in the field are IT-related. Other positions require skills in areas such as digital forensics and cyber intelligence.

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