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Cybersecurity Jobs: What Jobs Can I Get with a Cybersecurity Certificate?

With more than 300,000 cybersecurity jobs available in the USA alone, it’s a great time to start a career in cybersecurity.

Cybersecurity Jobs: What Jobs Can I Get with a Cybersecurity Certificate?

In this article, we’ll have a look at a number of cybersecurity jobs that employers within the U.S. cybersecurity job market are looking for. We’ll also list the educational requirements, skills, and certifications required to get a job in one of these roles.

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The top cybersecurity jobs currently are:

  1. Cybersecurity Analyst
  2. Cybersecurity Engineer
  3. Cybersecurity Administrator/ Manager
  4. Network Architect/ Engineer
  5. Software Engineer/ Developer
  6. Systems Engineer
  7. Penetration Tester / Vulnerability Analyst
  8. Systems Administrator
  9. Cybersecurity Consultant

Educational Requirements for Cybersecurity Jobs

The educational requirements for these jobs vary widely and can roughly be divided into those needing a graduate degree, a bachelor’s degree, or less than a bachelor’s degree.

A Systems Administrator is, for example, seen as an entry-level job, and therefore, it does not need as much education as other roles. In fact, 23% of Systems Administrator jobs need less than a bachelor’s degree.

On the other hand, a Cybersecurity Engineer is seen as an advanced job, and 89% of jobs with this title need higher education (with 67% of postings needing a bachelor’s degree and 23% a graduate degree).

IT Certifications

There are a massive number of IT certifications available. The certifications that are requested most for the top cybersecurity jobs are listed below:

  • Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP): This is an advanced-level cybersecurity certification focusing on cybersecurity management skills and presented by (ISC)2.
  • The CompTIA Cybersecurity Career Pathway: This helps technical specialists achieve cybersecurity mastery with CompTIA Network+, CompTIA A+, CompTIA Cybersecurity Analyst (CySA+), CompTIA PenTest+, CompTIA Advanced Security Practitioner (CASP), and CompTIA Security+.
  • GIAC: This covers topics such as penetration testing, cyber defense, developer, incident response and digital forensics, and information security management.
  • Cisco Certified Network Associate (CCNA): This is where Cisco certifications begin to specialize, including CCNA Security, CCNA Switching and Routing, CCNA Data Center and CCNA Cyber Ops. 
  • Skills Required

    The top skills recommended for these jobs often contain the word “security,” but there are less obvious skills:

  • Information Systems: These are organized systems for collecting, organizing, and storing data. It is essential to have knowledge of information systems for a successful cybersecurity career.
  • Project Management: IT professionals often have to manage complex projects, and building this skill can give you a head start. CompTIA Project+, CompTIA’s project management certification, covers essential project management concepts and is one of the top-paying IT certifications.
  • Linux: Because Linux is versatile and used broadly, knowledge of this operating system will help you in any cybersecurity career. CompTIA Linux+ is, therefore, a very useful certification.
  • Getting into Cybersecurity via Other Routes

    There are a number of feeder roles that often serve as a stepping stone into cybersecurity, as the skills are similar:

  • From developer to cybersecurity
  • From networking to cybersecurity
  • From finance and risk analysis to cybersecurity
  • From systems engineering to cybersecurity
  • From security intelligence to cybersecurity
  • With this newfound knowledge on education, certifications, and skills, you should be able to plan your cybersecurity career accordingly. If you are in an entry-level role and want to get ahead, focus on the items required for your ideal job to become better prepared to join this hot IT sector.

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