Posted by Kelly Grant, TCC Technical Recruiter

The United States Bureau of Labor Statistics publishes the Occupational Outlook Handbook.

This report indicates that employment of information security analysts is projected to grow 28 percent from 2016 to 2026, much faster than the average for all occupations. Demand for information security analysts is expected to be very high, as these analysts will be needed to create innovative solutions to prevent hackers from stealing critical information or causing problems for computer networks.

Information security analysts plan and carry out security measures to protect an organization’s computer networks and systems. Their responsibilities are continually expanding as the number of cyberattacks increases. Most information security analyst positions require a bachelor’s degree in a computer-related field. Employers usually prefer to hire analysts with experience in a related occupation.

Within the cybersecurity field, it is expected that there will be a particularly high demand for people with skills in privacy-related security areas such as identity and access management (IAM), identity governance and administration (IGA) and data loss prevention (DLP).

Overall the employment outlook for IT security professionals of all kinds in 2019 looks very bright, and there may never be a better time to start a career in IT security, or to look for a new job to progress up the career ladder. Excellent employment prospects for IT security professionals may continue well into the next decade since the IT security skills shortage shows no signs of disappearing.

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