Cybersecurity jobs are in high demand

The cybersecurity talent gap continues to widen in the U.S. and the need for cybersecurity experts continues to rise which drives demand even higher for technical professionals with cybersecurity skills. Organizations are still struggling to source cybersecurity talent (72 percent) with no significant improvement in the time-to-hire from 2020. Analysis by several sources show 3.12 million cybersecurity jobs are unfilled in 2021.

  • Employment of information security analysts is projected to grow 31% from 2019 to 2029, much faster than the average for all occupations. (source: BLS April 9, 2021)
  • U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts an increase of almost 650,000 cybersecurity jobs by 2022
  • Virginia: The Top Data Hub is a Leader in Cybersecurity. Virginia has emerged as a national leader in cybersecurity and is at the forefront of talent development in the industry. (VA was the top-ranked state in the Cybersecurity Leaders category in Business Facilities’ 2020 State Rankings Report.)
  • Maryland ranks #4 in cybersecurity job grown potential (source: Business Facilities’ 2020 State Rankings Report)
  • Tech Talent Investment Program (TTIP) is a performance-based initiative with 11 Virginia universities to create 31,000 new graduates in computer science and related fields in the next 20 years in excess of current levels. (source: VEDP May 2020)
  • International Information System Security Certification Consortium, (ISC)² identified the need for another 4 million trained professionals to close the cyber security “skills gap.” That’s an increase of 145 percent in addition to the current 2.8 million security professionals working worldwide,
  • Maryland has critical security agencies, including the U.S. Cyber Command, NSA, DISA and NIST as well as 16 Centers of Academic Excellence in cybersecurity

Because the demand for cybersecurity talent is so high, cybersecurity professionals are receiving some of the highest salaries of any IT professionals. As one of the hottest job sectors in the tech industry, the right mix of skills and experience can deliver a significant pay increase. Cyber security certifications can add significant value. Some of the most common cybersecurity and information security certifications are:

Top In-Demand Cybersecurity Jobs 2021-2029

Here are the most in-demand cybersecurity jobs, projected growth rate, and the salary ranges. Talk to us today to explore your next career move.

  • Application Penetration Tester: Penetration Testers use manual techniques and automated tools to search for security vulnerabilities in web applications, fat/thin client applications, and other computer systems to identify vulnerabilities in code, configuration of operating systems and network devices. Pay ranges from $90,000 – $150,000 with a median salary of $121,726
  • Cybersecurity Engineer: Cybersecurity Engineers design, implement and troubleshoot the infrastructure and tools that support threat intelligence, continuous diagnostics and monitoring, and threat mitigation efforts. Salary Range in the Washington DC Area: $100,000 to $175000. (source: paysa May 2018 data)
  • Cybersecurity Analyst: Security Analysts create, define and enforce IT Security standards and policies that protect information assets and trade secrets using industry standards and frameworks such as NIST-800, ISO 2700, COBIT, PCI-DSS and HIPAA.  Pay ranges from 90,000 to 150,000 in the top 10% of earners, with a median salary of $112,780. DMV salaries for cyber security analysts are 17% above the U.S. average.
  • Information Security Analyst: Ensure that the security of an organization’s systems and information assets are secure. This includes protecting against authorized access, modification, or destruction and typically also involves developing IT security policies and standards. Pay ranges from 90,000 to 130,000 in the top 10% of earners, with a median salary of $104,780.
  • Threat Analyst: Using open source, social media, human and technical intelligence sources, Threat Analysts study potential threats and threat actors in an effort to predict and mitigate future attacks. $90,000 to $150,000 with a median salary of $128,420.
  • Security Researcher: One of the most in demand positions. Research security vulnerabilities in software applications, hardware, and works to discover and reverse engineer malware, find flaws in websites and commonly used Internet protocols. Salary ranges from $120,000 to $250,000 with an average salary in the DMV market of $160,000.
  • SOC Engineer: Security Operations Engineers use multiple open source and proprietary tools and technologies to analyze and respond to security threats to organizational information assets. They are the first line of defense in Incident Response efforts.   Specialties in forensics and tools can drive higher compensation. Salary ranges from $120,000 through $160,000 are typical for professionals with more than 3 years of experience.

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The DMV, Washington, D.C., Maryland and Virginia are high demand metro areas with cybersecurity jobs and skilled cybersecurity professionals. As the home to over 3000 cybersecurity companies and federal government agencies, Virginia, is ranked the No. 1 state for information security jobs.

“Cybersecurity – Virginia has emerged as a national leader in cybersecurity and is at the forefront of talent development in the industry. Virginia is uniquely equipped to succeed in this sector, with close proximity to the federal government, unparalleled assets in information technology, and higher education institutions that are training the next generation of cybersecurity professionals.

Virginia Economic Development Partnership 
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