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In-Demand Careers in Cyber Security

Prepare for your career in a fast-growing industry with high-paying job opportunities.

There is a critical need to fill 50,0001 cyber security jobs in the near future in the federal government and private industry, and Maryland's elite cyber security network boasts more than 19,000 of those job openings.2 

A cyber security degree from University of Maryland University College can prepare you for a cyber security position in this fast-growing field.

Cyber Security Employment Opportunities

Learn about internships and jobs in cyber security, including cyber security positions posted by companies looking to recruit UMUC students. Plus, find out how UMUC career counselors can review your resume and cover letter, explain the federal job search, help you find job openings and assist you in preparing for interviews.

Fast Facts about the Cyber Security Job Market

4 out of 5 Cyber Security Jobs
Require a Degree

Most positions in the cyber security sector require at least a bachelor's degree. A recent study found that 84 percent of cyber security positions require a bachelor's degree or higher.2

Top Paying Cyber Security Jobs

Based on median annual wages, compensation for cyber security professionals ranges from $70,000 to $118,000.

Explore job titles, salaries, projected growth and more for cyber security career paths.4

Where the Jobs Are

The Baltimore and Washington, D.C., metropolitan areas have some of the highest concentrations of cyber security jobs in the country.2

Who's Recruiting in Cyber Security

View the top 10 employers recruiting cyber security professionals nationwide.3

Top Cyber Security Job Titles

View the 10 cyber security job titles found most frequently in job postings.3

In-Demand Cyber Security Job Skills

Your UMUC education can help you build the skills employers demand for cyber security positions.3

Learn Practical, In-Demand Skills

Three-fourths of employers prefer new graduates with work experience.5 UMUC makes it possible for you to keep your job and gain that experience while pursuing your degree.

1 Source: Washington Post, "Cybersecurity experts needed to meet growing demand," May 29, 2012
2 Source: Based on a 2014 Burning Glass International study of U.S. cyber security job postings
3 Source: Based on a Burning Glass International study of U.S. cyber security job postings in 2012
4 Source: U.S. Department of Labor's O*Net OnLine
5 Source: Based on the National Association of Colleges and Employers report The Job Outlook for the Class of 2014.

Top 10 Employers Hiring for Cyber Security Jobs

  1. Northrop Grumman
  2. General Dynamics
  3. Science Applications International Corporation
  4. Deloitte
  5. Computer Sciences Corporation
  6. Booz Allen Hamilton
  7. ManTech International
  8. Dell
  9. Hewlett-Packard
  10. CACI

Top 5 Regions for Cyber Security Jobs

  1. Palo Alto, California
  2. San Francisco, California
  3. Baltimore, Maryland
  4. Boston, Massachusetts
  5. Denver, Colorado

Top 10 Cyber Security Job Titles

  1. Information Security Analyst
  2. Security Management Specialist
  3. Computer Systems Analyst
  4. Software Developer, Applications
  5. Network and Computer Systems Administrator
  6. Software Developer, Systems Software
  7. Computer Systems Engineer/Architect
  8. Auditor
  9. Security Manager
  10. Intelligence Analyst

In-Demand Skills for Cyber Security Jobs

Employers are seeking to hire employees with proficiency in:

  • Information security
  • Firewall administration
  • Network security
  • Information systems
  • Operating systems (especially Linux and Unix)
  • Cisco networks
  • Cryptography
  • TCP/IP
  • System and network configuration
  • Virtual private networks

Career Paths

Career Path Related Job Titles Education Level Median Annual Wages (2011) Number of Employees (2010) Projected Growth (2010-2020) Projected Job Openings (2010-2020) Source
Computer systems analyst Cyber security analyst, system analyst 26% hold bachelor's degree, 16% hold master's degree $78,770 544,000 20% to 28% 222,500 Source
Systems software developer Software engineer, software assurance engineer, software assurance developer 54% hold bachelor's degree, 23% hold master's degree $96,600 392,000 29% or higher 168,000 Source
Network and computer systems administrator System administrator, server administrator, network administrator Data not available $70,970 347,000 20% to 28% 155,300 Source
Computer network architect Cyber security architect, security architect Data not available $77,990 302,000 20% to 28% 110,300 Source
Information security analyst Information systems security professional, network security analyst 65% hold bachelor's degree, 23% hold master's degree $77,990 302,000 20% to 28% 110,300 Source
Computer and information systems manager Cyber security manager, cyber security administrator, system manager, system administrator Data not available $118,010 308,000 10% to 19% 102,800 Source
Computer systems engineer/architect Cyber security engineer, cyber security architect 61% hold bachelor's degree, 17% hold master's degree $79,930 210,000 3% to 9% 51,600 Source
Intelligence analyst Cyber intelligence analyst, computer forensics analyst 75% hold bachelor's degree $71,770 119,000 3% to 9% 30,100 Source

Information about cyber security career paths, salary levels and job outlook is provided by the U.S. Department of Labor's O*Net OnLine.

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"In Washington, D.C., especially, I think the unemployment rate for cyber security specialists is less than zero. They’re in great demand. And that’s true not just for government but for industry, as well."

Elizabeth Hight

UMUC Cybersecurity Advisory Board member