The Need for Cybersecurity Professionals Grows

Provided by Northcentral University

Cybersecurity is an increasingly important topic in today’s world. As we grow to rely more heavily on data, we also grow more vulnerable to hackers and security breaches that put information at risk. In fact, the FBI’s Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3) states that there were reported losses in excess of $1.3 billion due to cybercrime in 2016 alone. This highlights the importance of Cybersecurity and the need for highly skilled computer and information technology professionals.

Those interested in working in this growing sector can expect faster than average job growth, according to the Bureau of Labor and Statistics (BLS). Their projections state the following: “Employment of computer and information technology occupations is projected to grow 13 percent from 2016 to 2026, faster than the average for all occupations. These occupations are projected to add about 557,100 new jobs.” (Source: BLS)

Specific areas within the field of technology are expected to grow at an even more rapid rate. For instance, BLS projects that Information Security Analysts jobs will grow 28 percent from 2016 to 2026. (Source: BLS) Collectively, technology and information technology occupations include leadership roles with the government, private organization and research institutions. They also cover a range of areas, including cloud computing, big data and information security.

Preparing for a future career in technology typically requires both education and hands-on experience. At Northcentral University, our School of Technology has a variety of programs that give students both the academic knowledge and the hands-on experience they need in areas like Cybersecurity, Information Technology, Data Science and Computer Science.

Discover all of the possibilities by visiting www.NCU.edu/Edcor.