How and Why You Should Start Your Career in Cyber Security

Written by
Rebecca Smith

Published
Jul 5, 2018

Jul 5, 2018 • by Rebecca Smith

Are you dreading your next day at work? Feeling stressed out at work isn't uncommon, but some of your negative feelings may go beyond simple work stress.

Your boss, co-workers, and clients may not be the cause of your dissatisfaction. You may dread going to work because you aren't happy at your job and need a new career.

Picking a new career path is a daunting task, especially if you've already entered the workforce. You may wonder if changing careers is right for you, or not have an idea of what you'd do for living outside of your current job.

Do you have an interest in computers? Would you consider yourself a detail oriented person? Are you looking for a career with growth potential?

If you answered yes to those three questions, you should consider a career in cyber security.

Why Cyber Security?

Cyber security is a growing field that needs plenty of skilled workers. If you're unhappy at your current job and could use a change, cyber security could be the ideal field for you.

Curious about why we think cyber security is a great career path? Here's why more people should be considering learning cyber security skills.

Ample Career Opportunities

When people think of cyber security, they envision hackers sitting behind multiple screens furiously typing code. The truth is that cyber security is much more nuanced and that the field needs people with different kinds of talents.

Knowing certain coding languages is certainly a plus in the field, but there are multiple paths you can take when you're looking at jobs in cyber security.

If you're interested in the field but don't want to learn a lot of code, you could be a cyber security advisor. Instead of spending your day writing code and working in security systems, you can help other companies improve their own cyber security methods.

If you're good with people and want to get into the cyber security field, consider going the service route. Cyber security companies are always in need of good sales and customer service representatives.

Growing Demand

The current state of the job market has people concerned about getting into a field that needs workers. Starting a new career in an over-saturated market will make your job search harder and more stressful.

The field of information and cyber security is in need of skilled workers. It's estimated that the workforce will grow up to 28% by 2026.

Current trends also show that companies are going to be in need of robust cyber security help if they want to thrive in this digital age.

It's estimated that cyber crime damage costs will reach $6 trillion by 2021. It's also estimated that cyber security spending will exceed $1 trillion from 2017 to 2021.

How To Transition To A Career In Cyber Security

Learning a new skill and changing career fields can be difficult, but luckily we're here to help. We'll tell you everything you need to know to get a career in cyber security.

Consider Your Job Options

Cyber security is a big field. If you want to make your transition go smoothly, start off by thinking about what jobs you'd be interested in.

When you give thought to what you truly want to do, the path to reaching your future goal becomes a lot more clear.

Let's say that you see yourself being a security engineer. You'll need to be able to install firewalls and intrusion detection systems, run vulnerability testing, and develop automation scripts to track incidents.

A security engineer will need a lot of technical knowledge. You'll want to brush up on certain coding languages and learn more about the latest security techniques and best practices.

Immerse Yourself

If you want to work in cyber security, you should learn about what's going on in the field.

Start reading niche publications that cater to the cyber security crowd. You'll learn about the latest security news, and gradually start learning important terms and industry lingo.

Also, take time to explore different companies. Researching business like Be Structured Technology Group or job postings from local businesses can give you an idea of what employers are looking for.

Leverage What You Have

You may not have experience in cyber security, but you have plenty of skills that employers will be interested in.

Have you managed people in the past? Cyber security jobs often involve working in a team. Having managerial experience in any field can look good to potential employers.

Don't forget about the importance of soft skills. Thriving in a team environment, being a self-starter, and having excellent people skills are valuable in nearly every job.

Take The Right Courses

If you do a quick search for "cyber security classes", you'll have dozens of results. There are plenty of organizations offering classes that can help build your cyber security skills, but only a few will be helpful for you.

Before you sign up for a course, make sure that they offer certifications. Courses without certifications won't get you far in cyber security.

The right courses will give you in-depth knowledge of the underlying technology needed to perform a task efficiently. The certificate that comes afterwards shows employers that you properly passed the course and gives your education authenticity.

If you're not sure where to start looking for courses, contact your local communicate college. You could choose to take a few classes to earn certificates, or could earn an associates degree in IT security.

Stay Out Of Trouble

If you're interested in cyber security jobs, you should have a clean criminal record. It'll make the clearance process much easier.

Cyber security workers will have access to a lot of important information. If you get into the field, you'll be trusted with confidential information and employers will want to make sure that they can trust you.

Security clearances are a must for people that want to work with classified information. The military, government, financial institutions, and big businesses will require security clearances for their cyber security employees.

Next Steps

Now that you know what it takes to have a career in cyber security, you're feeling eager to start transitioning.

If you're serious about getting a new career and are ready for a big change, consider taking your search to the next level and looking for work abroad. Check out our post on how to get a job in a different country. We'll tell you what you need to know to continue the job search abroad.

Also be sure to read our post on how to get recruiter's to pay attention to you. You may not be ready for a full career change yet, but the right recruiter can get you a job that sets you on the right path.