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.
Cybersecurity is one of the top 20 fastest growing fields in the country.
Currently, there are over 500,000 open cybersecurity positions available in the U.S.
|Career Path||Years in School||Average Starting Salary|
|Electrician||6 months – 2 years||$55,000|
|Liberal Arts||4 years||$40,000|
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.
|Classes to take in high school||Majors to pursue in college||Additional ways to get ahead|
So You’re Going to College…but Where? How Will You Pay?
- Over 300 colleges and universities across 48 states, District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico are nationally-recognized by NSA and DHS in cyber defense.
- Check out colleges and universities offering cybersecurity degree programs.
- 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!
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.