Aspiring professionals in the information technology industry should consider applying for a cybersecurity role since salaries worldwide will increase 7% in 2018, according to a survey.
All other jobs will record a 2% increase this year, based on Robert Walters’ Salary Survey 2018. In the U.S., big data and data science professionals will be more in-demand particularly for mid- and senior-level positions, according to Kurt Kraeger, New York-based managing director of Robert Walters.
The survey showed that higher salaries for cybersecurity jobs will serve as a selling point for applicants, as the number of job vacancies suggests a shortage of skilled workers. ISC2’s Global Information Security Workforce Study expects that there would be 1.8 million job listings for cybersecurity roles by 2022.
A higher demand also stems from the increasing number of cyber-attacks, so public- and private-sector groups have placed a greater focus on digital security. Competition for certain roles will likely be tough, so having extra credentials from the Computing Technology Industry Association (CompTIA) will be beneficial, such as certification for Network+. A practice test or training program comprises some ways to help applicants to acquire this qualification.
While competition for some jobs will be more noticeable, U.S. employers continue to add more people to their IT departments. According to CompTIA, new IT workers across all industries comprised more than 160,000 roles in January based on the Bureau of Labor Statistics’ data.
New employment in the IT industry also increased by around 3,300 in the previous month. The services and custom software development category also added an estimated 4,500 new jobs.
A career in IT, particularly in cybersecurity, seems to be a lucrative due to the expected increase in salaries. Prospective applicants should take note that having industry certification or similar credentials will boost their chances of landing a job.