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Cybersecurity Needs Drive IT Job Growth

Cybersecurity Needs Drive IT Job Growth Credit: Business security image via Shutterstock

The rise in the number of cyberattacks in recent years may not be good for businesses hit by those attacks, but it is good for workers in professions designed to help prevent them. New research has found that job openings in the field of cybersecurity have grown by more than 100 percent in the past year.

Those openings are only expected to grow in the coming year, jumping an additional 30 percent in 2014. The demand for security workers points to the importance companies are placing on responding to the growth of recent attacks on businesses of all sizes.

Companies have good reason to stress information technology security. Last year alone, 40 percent of small businesses were affected by some sort of data breach. Additionally, 60 percent of small businesses hit by a cyberattack will close within six months, security firm McAfee found in research.

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"The market demand for positions in cybersecurity continues to boom," said Heidi Golledge, CEO and founder of CyberCoders, which conducted the research. "Candidates with a cybersecurity background can expect to make $80,000 to $180,000 per year as they help either companies or the government protect their networks and data. CyberCoders has seen a rapid increase each year in the number of open jobs in this category and we expect the same growth for the foreseeable future as cybersecurity extends far beyond the government sector into nearly every company that has an Internet presence and data to protect."

 CyberCoders examined 450,000 job postings and hiring trends from 2009 to 2013 for the research. From that research, penetration testers saw the largest growth in job openings year over year, but were followed closely by security administrators, chief information security officers and security analysts. Additional growth was seen among security engineers, architects, consultants and developers.

"We speak a lot about hiring those who specialize in big data, but the need for people in these highly specialized security positions is just as great; more than ever, companies are investing to keep vital information secure, a trend we will not see decreasing anytime soon," Golledge said.

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