Find your career path in cyber security
A cyber security degree gives you the tools needed to pursue careers in network and security. Overall, cyber security jobs offer flexible career paths, and the number of jobs available is projected to grow above the national average from 2020 to 2030. At Herzing University, our curriculum not only prepares you for jobs in network and security but also in the broader Information Technology (IT) space. Furthermore, your knowledge of best security practices can make you a stand-out candidate for IT-related jobs as network security is considered a top priority for many companies.
The following list of jobs will provide with you a better understanding of what you can do with a cyber security degree beyond 2020.
1. Information Security Analyst
- Average salary: $107,580 per year, $51.72 per hour (BLS)*
- Job outlook: 33% increase from 2020-2030 (BLS)*
Description: If you enjoy analyzing and documenting potential security risks, then you might want to consider becoming an information security analyst. Information security analysts will track their organization’s network for security breaches and investigate after one occurs. The analyst will then be responsible for documenting the breach and creating encryption programs to prevent the breach from happening again.
2. Computer and Information Systems Managers
- Average salary: $161,730 per year, $77.76 per hour (BLS)*
- Job outlook: 11% increase from 2020-2030 (BLS)*
Description: Computer and information system managers are responsible for directing technology-related activities at the organization. They are also responsible for determining and achieving goals for the company. You will also be communicating with a broad range of personnel within the company, including network technicians, security analysts, system administrators, as well as company executives, and other key decision-makers.
3. Chief Information Security Officer (CISO)
- Average salary: $197,840 per year, $95.12 per hour (BLS)*
- Job outlook: 6% decline from 2020-2030 (BLS)*
Description: If you’re considering an executive position in an IT-related field, you may seek top executive positions such as CISO. The exact responsibilities of this job will vary widely, but will generally focus on decision-making regarding the company’s IT infrastructure as it relates to business objectives.
Our cybersecurity program offers a dual-credit option for students who would like to later pursue a Master of Business Administration (MBA) to bolster their credentials and better qualify for upper-level executive positions, such as CISO.
4. Computer Systems Analyst
- Average salary: $99,020 per year, $47.61 per hour (BLS)*
- Job outlook: 7% increase from 2020-2030 (BLS)*
Description: A computer systems analyst’s primary responsibility is to study an organization’s current computer systems and design solutions to help the organization operate more efficiently. While this may not always involve cyber security directly, your knowledge of programming and network infrastructure will make you a viable candidate for the role. Additionally, your knowledge of best security practices will make you stand out among other candidates.
5. Network and Computer Systems Administrators
Description: Network and computer systems administrators handle the day-to-day operations of company networks. This includes organizing, installing, and supporting a prospective company’s network, whether it be a local area network (LAN), wide area network (WAN), network segments, intranets, or any other data communication system. For cyber security degree holders, your knowledge of security systems will be crucial as companies will rely on networks that are robust and unreachable by hackers.