While searching for your next cybersecurity job, you’ll need to keep in mind which private employers (and federal agencies) are currently advertising the most desirable positions. You’ll also need to determine: (1) if you can afford to move to a different city if relocation expenses aren’t provided for every job that interests you, (2) the job titles that most accurately match your special skill sets and (3) what you believe are reasonable salary expectations.
Here are some useful lists and additional information that can help you as you think through all of these important considerations.
Most Commonly Advertised Cybersecurity Job Titles
- Information Security Analyst
- Security Management Specialist
- Computer Systems Analyst
- Software Developer, Applications
- Network and Computer Systems Administrator
- Software Developer, Systems Software
- Computer Systems Engineer/Architect
- Security Manager
- Intelligence Analyst
Top Cities for Cybersecurity Jobs — Apart from Various Government Agencies
- Palo Alto, California
- San Francisco, California
- Baltimore, Maryland
- Boston, Massachusetts
- Denver, Colorado
Most Commonly Sought After Cybersecurity Skills Areas
- Information security
- Firewall administration
- Network security
- Information systems
- Operating systems (understanding Linux and Unix can prove very useful)
- Cisco networks
- System and network configuration
- Virtual private networks
Top 10 Private Employers Currently Filling Cybersecurity Positions (Listed alphabetically)
- Booz Allen Hamilton, Main U. S. Headquarters: McLean, Virginia.
- CACI. According to this company’s website: “CACI provides information solutions and services in support of national security missions and government transformation for Intelligence, Defense, and Federal Civilian customers. A member of the Fortune 1000 Largest Companies and the Russell 2000 Index, CACI provides dynamic careers for approximately 15,000 employees working in over 120 offices worldwide.”
- Computer Sciences Corporation. Main office headquarters for the Americas: Falls Church, Virginia.
- Dell Inc. Located in Round Rock, Texas (part of the general Austin, Texas area).
- Deloitte According to this company’s website: “In the United States, Deloitte LLP is the member firm of DTTL. Like DTTL, Deloitte LLP does not provide services to clients. Instead, services are primarily provided by the subsidiaries of Deloitte LLP, including:
- Deloitte & Touche LLP
- Deloitte Consulting LLP
- Deloitte Financial Advisory Services LLP
- Deloitte Tax LLP
- General Dynamics. This firm’s American corporate headquarters is located in Falls Church, Virginia.
- Hewlett-Packard. This company’s U. S. main office is located in Palo, Alto, California.
- Northrop Grumman. The firm’s corporate headquarters is in Falls Church, Virginia.
- Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC). This company’s American corporate headquarters is located in McLean, Virginia.
General Salary Information
As most job hunters know, the salary you’re offered is usually based upon your academic training and years of experience handling specific job tasks. However, you can try to obtain a more specific salary range for positions that interest you by consulting each of the following Internet resources.
Other useful salary information is set forth in the U. S. Bureau of Labor’s Occupational Outlook Handbook. You can search that site using any of the various cybersecurity job titles you like. However, you may want to first visit the page dedicated to Information Security Analysts, Web Developers and Computer Network Architects.
One example according to that last government website: If you had one to five years of related work experience in any of those fields, along with entry level educational training like a Bachelor’s degree – and applied for a job back in 2010 – based upon median pay figures available at that time, you probably would have been offered approximately $75,660 per year as your annual salary – or roughly $36.37 per hour.
General Conclusions Regarding Salaries Offered to Cybersecurity Professionals
By browsing both individual private enterprise and government agency job websites (along with the information available on general job websites like www.careerbuilder.com and www.indeed.com), you should be able to get an accurate idea as to how high salaries have risen since those last government figures (referenced above) were gathered and analyzed.