Students, Launch Your Cybersecurity Careers

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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.

Cybersecurity professionals earn a median salary of $95,510.

Currently, there are over 300,000 open cybersecurity positions available in the U.S.

Six rows showing career paths, with the years in school required to begin those career paths and their average starting salaries.
Career PathYears in SchoolAverage Starting Salary
Electrician6 months – 2 years$55,000
Liberal Arts4 years$40,000
Business4 years$61,000
Cybersecurity4 years$116,000
Lawyer7+ years$120,000
Doctor10+ 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.

Cryptographer / Cryptanalyst AKA Encryption Expert Cyber Defense Incident Responder Cyber Forensics Expert Cyber Legal Advisor Cyber Security Engineer Information Systems Security Manager Multi-disciplined Language Analyst Software Developer Vulnerability Assessment Analyst AKA Vulnerability Assessor IT Project Manager Cyber Crime Investigator Technical Support Specialist Cyber Operator System Testing & Evaluation Specialist Systems Administrator

Get Started

Three columns of ways to get started in Cybersecurity.
Classes to take in high schoolMajors to pursue in collegeAdditional 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

  • Over 270 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.

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.

Last Published Date: 
October 16, 2019