IT employment to grow with cybersecurity jobs leading the way
IT staffing companies will have their work cut out for them trying to fill all of the new positions related to cybersecurity. These positions are not industry specific either – trained cybersecurity professionals are needed in a wide variety of industries ranging from defense, to finance, to healthcare, and beyond.
As each industry becomes more data-dependent, the scope and severity of threats to the sensitive information they store and use will increase as well. The challenge of preventing and parrying these threats will need to be met by a greater number of skilled professionals.
IT jobs growth projections
In the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) 2012-2022 Employment Projections Report, total employment in the U.S. was projected to grow at 10.8 percent, or 15.6 million total jobs added. By comparison, the number of jobs in the IT industry was projected to grow at a rate of 17.8 percent, with a total growth of 702,000 in the same time period.
Growth in cybersecurity jobs
Staffing Industry Analysts found that of all areas within the IT industry, cybersecurity jobs will have the fastest growth rate. Between 2012 and 2022 openings for information security analysts, a common position in cybersecurity, will increase by 36.5 percent. In fact, between 2007 and 2013, cybersecurity job postings increased 74 percent – more than twice as fast as any other IT related job.
In addition to an expanding cybersecurity field, underlying this upward employment trend is the proliferation of job openings in mobile and wireless application development. The large scale migration by many IT departments to cloud computing has also opened the field up to many new job opportunities.
Innovations in IT always come with a need to ensure the security of the users and their personal data. As mobile and cloud infrastructure evolves, the opportunity for cybersecurity experts to find employment will evolve with it.