Cybersecurity job market heating up - CCCC program responds to this need

Job market expected to grow 18% through 2024

Editor's Note:  Much of the material in this story was contributed by via it's article on the cybersecurity job market.  You can read the entire story here.

It’s a good time to be working in cybersecurity. As hackers continue their onslaught, stealing information in sectors ranging from health care to retail sales, businesses will need experts in digital security to fight back.

In the first half of 2016, more than 554 million records were breached – a 31% increase over the previous six months.

Analysts expect significant growth in the industry: More jobs will come, and companies will spend more money to shore up security.

Cybersecurity Ventures projects companies and consumers will spend $1 trillion globally over the next five years on cybersecurity. That’s a projected growth of 12-15% from 2017 to 2021.

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics predicted 18% job growth from 2014 to 2024.

recent report showed that several states have a high need for cybersecurity professionals.

Cape Cod Community College responds

Here on the Cape, our community college has responded to this need by introducing Cybersecurity degree and certificate programs.  

According to CCCC President John Cox:

In the United States, companies report over 209,000 cybersecurity jobs that are in need of filling; by 2019 the workforce shortfall may reach 1.5 million. Both government and private industry are faced with shortages.  The federal government is pushing to expand cybersecurity training by targeting all levels of education.   A cybersecurity specialist's salary averages $99,000 for a cyber security with three years’ experience in design, deployment and administration of security systems.

The Security Penetration Testing degree and certificate will use a cohort model for educating our students.  While we will reach out to high school students for future entry into the program, the certificate component recognizes that some people have graduated with their degrees and want to return to college and get certified in security.  

As we get started, we will examine opportunities for articulation with bachelor programs, including possibilities through the Commonwealth Commitment and MassTransfer programs.

Bullish Nature of the Industry

Given the bullish nature of the industry, GoodCall® analysts crunched the numbers to determine the Best Cities for Cyber Security Professionals.

They looked at data from 221 cities, including median salary for cybersecurity professionals compared with the median overall salary, the number of jobs available per capita, affordability, and amenities per capita. These factors highlight cities that are both great places to find a job in the industry and great places to live.

The top 10 best cities for cybersecurity professionals are:

  1. Columbia, Md. Columbia stood out for its high number of available jobs per capita. It’s also a fairly affordable area that pays cybersecurity professionals well.
  2. Sioux Falls, S.D. The median salary for cybersecurity professionals in Sioux Falls is more than double the city’s overall median. And rent there accounts for just 26% of annual household income.
  3. Jersey City, N.J. Talented workers have a good chance at landing a job in Jersey City, which has the fourth-highest number of jobs available per capita. Salary is competitive, too: the median of $115,000 is 1.9 times the city’s overall median.
  4. Newport Beach, Calif. Newport Beach has it all. It’s fairly affordable, pays well for cybersecurity pros, and the abundance of amenities make it a fun place to live.
  5. Cary, N.C. Cary is the fourth most affordable place on the GoodCall list, and it ranks in the top 50 cities for jobs available per capita.
  6. Orlando, Fla. Cybersecurity jobs pay well in Orlando – nearly 2.2 times the overall median salary. And companies are hiring; Orlando ranks 20th in jobs available per capita. And, of course, the area’s amenities are abundant.
  7. Irving, Texas Companies are shoring up security in Irving, which has 14th-highest available cybersecurity jobs per capita. The area is also an affordable place to live: Rent accounts for just 25.3% of annual household income.
  8. Chattanooga, Tenn. Security jobs pay well in Chattanooga, where median salary for the industry is 2.2 times higher than the overall median. The abundance of amenities makes it a great place to live, too.
  9. Troy, Mich. Aside from its fairly high available jobs per capita, Troy stands out for its incredibly affordable rent, which accounts for 24.7% of household income.
  10. Plano, Texas When analysts last checked, there were at least 21 cybersecurity jobs posted in Plano, among the top 10% of cities in available jobs per capita. The fact that it’s affordable is just a bonus.

Read the full story, see the methodology and view the list of the 50 Best Cities for Cybersecurity Jobs at

Local Implications

President Cox remarked that cybersecurity firms are popping up all over the country, often in the unlikeliest of places.  Additionally, many local businesses - perhaps in the areas of finance and healthcare - are hiring cybersecurity specialists.  President Cox reports, "Most organizations in the College’s service area that are networked and connected to the internet have a need for IT security personnel, including banks, healthcare, and engineering/manufacturing organizations. A sampling of positions in November on CareerOneStop and Monster showed 17 job openings in the region relating to penetration testing - cybersecurity." welcomes thoughtful comments and the varied opinions of our readers. We are in no way obligated to post or allow comments that our moderators deem inappropriate. We reserve the right to delete comments we perceive as profane, vulgar, threatening, offensive, racially-biased, homophobic, slanderous, hateful or just plain rude. Commenters may not attack or insult other commenters, readers or writers. Commenters who persist in posting inappropriate comments will be banned from commenting on