Do you want to work with the latest technology? Do you like solving problems with creative solutions? Would you like to turn those interests into a lucrative career with opportunities for growth?

Almost everything we do connects to the internet in some way, but our line of defense against possible cyber threats is limited due to a lack of cybersecurity professionals. Do you have what it takes to combat cybercrime?

Cybersecurity is the practice of protecting networks, systems, programs, and data from criminal or unauthorized use.

Did You Know?

You do not need to have technical or computer-based knowledge to be a cybersecurity professional.

Six rows showing career paths, with the years in school required to begin those career paths and their average starting salaries.
Career Path Years in School Average Starting Salary
Electrician 6 months – 2 years $55,000
Liberal Arts 4 years $40,000
Business 4 years $61,000
Cybersecurity 4 years $116,000
Lawyer 7+ years $120,000
Doctor 10+ years $208,000

Explore Cybersecurity Career Options

Cybersecurity jobs are not just about coding and hacking - they are also about communicating, managing, and being creative. We need individuals with cybersecurity skills present at all levels of every organization, in all industries, from finance to healthcare to entertainment. Check out the cybersecurity career profiles listed below to get a better understanding of your future career options.

Get Started

Three columns of ways to get started in Cybersecurity.
Classes to take in high school Majors to pursue in college Additional ways to get ahead
  • Advanced math and science
  • Computer science
  • Art / music
  • Creative writing
  • Ethics
  • Tech-ed
  • Government / history
  • Cybersecurity
  • Computer science
  • Information technology
  • Information security
  • Software engineering
  • Computer engineering
  • Communications
  • Join an IT/cybersecurity club at your school, or start one!
  • Ask your teachers to integrate cybersecurity concepts into existing lesson plans.
  • Talk to your guidance counselors about future cybersecurity career opportunities.

So You’re Going to College…but Where? How Will You Pay?

Top Colleges

Scholarship Opportunities

  • Receive up to $25,000 for undergraduate studies and up to $34,000 for graduate studies.
  • Participate in virtual and in-person job fairs in Washington, D.C.

Learn more about Scholarships for Service!

Learn More

To find more information about cybersecurity concepts, academic opportunities, events in your area, and cybersecurity career options, explore the NICCS website and check out the Students' Guide to starting a cybersecurity career.