9 High-Paying Cybersecurity Careers for IT Graduates

Written by
Rebecca Smith

Published
Oct 29, 2018

Oct 29, 2018 • by Rebecca Smith

You've walked across that stage, diploma in hand, the world is now your oyster according to all your high school counselors and teachers. The question now becomes how are you going to use the piece of paper resting in your hand?

It's time to think outside of the box. If you have an IT degree there are actually several options available to you that you might never have heard of, or thought you could use your knowledge for. We're going to go over a few of these cybersecurity careers and the experience you'll need to apply and get hired ASAP!

1. Chief Information Security Officer

This is a mid-executive position that will put you in charge of coordinating the unique cybersecurity needs of your employer's IT security division. You'll be working pretty closely with upper management to find out what their various security holes are and how to strategize.

On top of all of this, you'll be in charge of finding an awesome team to keep the company protected. This means that not only will you need an impressive IT background but a management one as well.

To be considered for the job, you'll need at least a bachelor's degree in IT security, information technology, or just computer science in general. Even though you might be able to get in with just a bachelor degree, midsize and larger companies could require you to go further and have a master's degree.

2. Forensic Computer Analyst

If your brain says to go into a cybersecurity career but your heart says I want to be a detective, then this could be the job field for you. It's a nice mix of the two because you'll be delving into computer information to see if you can find evidence of a breach.

You'll also be responsible for looking into various software to try to recover lost data. You'll have to be cautious of your company's data privacy and also make sure you can write up reports on your findings that are easy to read.

You'll need at least a bachelor's degree in computer security and might be asked to have previous experience in the field so we recommend finding an internship during your studies.

3. Information Security Analyst

This job will make you responsible for protecting your company's computer systems and networks. You'll be the one that installs firewalls and other virus software.

When there is a cyber threat you'll have to be on top of coming up with a detailed plan for recovering any data that is lost. It's for these reasons, that you'll have to stay updated on the world of cyber threats and viruses. You can go here to learn more about possible threats so you can get to know your enemy.

If this sounds like your cup of tea, you'll need a bachelor's in computer science. If you want to shoot for a larger company, they might require you to have a masters in information systems.

4. Security Architect

If you want the choice of working with a company or as an independent contractor, this could be the job for you. You'll be responsible not only implementing various security protocols but also writing up procedures for a company's employees. You'll be completely responsible for network security.

If an issue or breach pops up, you'll be the one who is called to come in and fix it hands-on.

You'll need to have a bachelors degree in information security, information technology, or computer science. You'll also need to have a little bit of previous experience.

5. IT Security Engineer

This cybersecurity career will leave you handling the major issues. You'll have to be ready to design countermeasures for them. You'll be performing security checks often to find any vulnerabilities.

You'll have to keep logs that others will be able to understand while also developing scripts to track any security problems. This isn't the best job for your if math was your worst subject in school.

If you want to be considered for this career path, you'll need a bachelor's degree in electrical engineering or computer science.

6. Security Systems Administrator

On the surface, this job isn't much different from any other cybersecurity career. You'll need to be able to install, administer, and troubleshoot computer, network and security systems.

What's different is that you'll be the one doing it on a daily basis. You'll have to run backups, delete and set up user accounts. You'll also get to develop some security procedures.

You'll need to have an associates degree in computer science at the very least. Most companies are going to look for a bachelor's degree though.

7. IT Security Consultant

Keeping up with cybersecurity can be expensive and time-consuming. As a consultant, you'll be the one that comes up with a game plan to make sure it's not as pricey and time-consuming.

You'll be traveling from business to business quite a bit so if you like the idea of always being on the road, you'll love this. It also allows for pretty flexible hours.

You'll need a bachelor's degree in computer science, information technology, or cybersecurity.

8. Penetration Tester

As a penetration tester, your job will be to attempt to break into your company's system to see how full proof it is. You'll need to be a little creative and think like a hacker.

You need to make sure that you make careful records of all your steps and what happens when you attempt a breach. You'll need a bachelors degree in information technology or cybersecurity.

9. Cryptographer

This job is a little unique from the ones we've covered so far. For this one, you'll be working closely with the police to decipher any encrypted data to help them solve crimes.

You'll need to be good at math because you'll be making mathematical models to represent the data. You'll need a bachelors in mathematics, or computer science.

Top Cybersecurity Careers Available After You Graduate

There are plenty of cybersecurity careers available to you after you get your diploma in your hand. Don't limit yourself and think out of the box a little. You've put in the work and got this far, it's time for you to reap the rewards.

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