As technology becomes increasingly sophisticated, the demand for an experienced and qualified workforce to protect our nation’s networks and information systems will only continue to grow. Information security and cybersecurity are rapidly growing industries with increased workforce needs. There are currently over half a million job openings in America in information technology (IT) fields like cybersecurity. The average IT-related job typically earns salaries at least 50 percent higher than the average private sector job.
IT and cybersecurity jobs are not only for those with advanced degrees. The skills required for these jobs can often be acquired through other ways, such as community college, military service, or online training. Additionally, cybersecurity jobs are found in many different sectors all over the country, including healthcare, retail, manufacturing, financial services, and national security.
Cybersecurity practitioners and educators are vital to our national security - especially since other nations are paying greater attention to their cybersecurity workforce needs and the cybersecurity weaknesses of their adversaries. The 2017 Executive Order on Strengthening the Cybersecurity of Federal Networks and Critical Infrastructure directed the Secretaries of Commerce and Homeland Security to assess efforts to train and educate the future U.S. cybersecurity workforce and recommend ways to support the growth and sustainment of these future cybersecurity employees in the public and private sectors. Read the Supporting the Growth and Sustainment of the Nation's Cybersecurity Workforce: Building the Foundation for a More Secure American Future Capabilities report.
One of the Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) highest priorities is to acquire, grow, and sustain the most talented people in cybersecurity. Information on cybersecurity jobs at DHS can be found here.
To search for IT and cybersecurity jobs in the Federal Government, visit USAjobs.gov.