Highest Paying Cyber Security Jobs

ITCareerFinder analyzes salaries and hiring trends to uncover this year's best-paying cyber security roles.

Best Paying Cyber Security Jobs

Data breaches are becoming so ubiquitous that it’s easy to gloss over the headlines, but the fallout is much harder for companies to ignore -- hacks are not just embarrassing but can lead to serious financial and reputational damage. So, it’s not surprising that there’s high demand for IT security specialists, and that those who are up to the task are generously compensated. In fact, cyber security is the 3rd most highly sought-after skill set in 2023, and many companies report info-sec vacancies due to their inability to find qualified candidates.

Not only are these skills in peak demand, but cyber security is one of the highest-paying IT specialties, bringing in an average salary of $102,600 (more than double the $45,760 average for all occupations) according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics. But not all cyber-sec jobs pay the same. A handful of positions stand above the rest, at least in terms of compensation.

Here are some of the highest paying cyber security careers for 2023:

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IT Certifications vs. Experience vs. Degree

Scott Skinger, CEO and Founder of TrainSignal, answers the age-old question of aspiring IT professionals; “Which is most important to landing the job: IT certifications, real-world experience or a college degree?”

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It’s that inevitable fork in the road for an IT professional. Determining the path that will lead you to the most success when sprucing up your resume to land that next job. What are employers looking for? Certifications? Experience? Degrees? Some combination of the three? It’s a dilemma faced by many looking to launch or advance their careers.

Ten years ago, I founded my company TrainSignal to develop training courses that help IT professionals learn new skills to grow their careers. Over the years, I've spoken to a lot of hiring managers to understand what grabs their attention when evaluating resumes. As it turns out, most are zoning in on those three factors: IT certifications, hands-on experience, and education. So how do you determine the right blend to wow your future employer?

Here are some considerations when weighing the value of certifications, experience and degrees:

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CompTIA A+ Alternatives

ITCareerFinder breaks down the top 4 alternatives to CompTIA’s A+ certification.

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In the rapidly evolving tech space, IT professionals use certifications to show employers that they possess the latest and greatest skills. While CompTIA’s A+ certification remains the gold standard for validating essential knowledge across key IT domains - especially for tech support roles - there exist alternative credentials that offer specialized skill development and unique employment opportunities.

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Exploring 6 Great Jobs in the Metaverse

ITCareerFinder breaks down some of the most sought-after jobs in the metaverse and the skills you need to level up in each position.

This page will be updated regularly with the latest and greatest metaverse career paths.

Best Metaverse Careers

In October 2021, Facebook changed its name to Meta and announced plans to create 10,000 new high-skilled jobs in the European Union (EU) to help shape the metaverse.

It turns out that Facebook isn’t the only one betting heavily on the growth of the metaverse, over 160 companies are jumping in too.

So what is the metaverse and what types of jobs might it create?

Broadly speaking, the metaverse is a shared virtual world. In theory, people will be able to create an avatar and travel into this immersive virtual world to socialize, play games, work, create, shop, or even remotely attend a concert or sporting event by wearing virtual reality headsets.

Much like the transition to Web 2.0, mobile technologies, and the Internet of Things (IoT) devices, the metaverse is creating new IT and hybrid job opportunities, which require a combination of technical and non-technical skills.

To keep your career thriving in the metaverse, here’s a look at 6 roles that are in demand right now and poised to explode in the future.

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How to Become a Mobile App Developer

With our increasing reliance on smartphones, wearables, and other mobile technologies, the appetite for innovative apps is skyrocketing. This surge has catapulted mobile development to the forefront of in-demand skills. If you’re wondering how to break into this exciting and lucrative field, this guide will outline how you can become a mobile application developer.

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Jobs You Can Get with an IT Degree

Find out what you can do with a degree in information technology.

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Considering an IT degree or about to frame that hard-earned diploma? With proper motivation and a well-structured learning plan, the career potential for information technology graduates is boundless.

This article will explore some of the most sought-after jobs you can pursue with an IT degree. We'll also look at how much you can earn upon graduation and which training and degree programs can help you get there.

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Jobs You Can Get with a Computer Science Degree

ITCareerFinder breaks down the most sought-after tech jobs you can get with a degree in computer science. Delve into each role for marketable courses, salaries, recommended degree programs and insider tips.

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There’s never been a better time than now to pursue a career in IT. The proliferation of emerging technologies in mobile and cloud computing, soaring demand for data science, programming and cyber security skills, and the increased automation (for better or worse) of legacy roles in retail and manufacturing, are just some of the factors driving a golden age for tech employment. There are infinite paths to the IT job of your dreams, but whichever road you choose there’s a good chance that earning a degree in computer science (CS) will be your first step.

CS curricula and the jobs you can land with a computer science degree vary widely, but there are some core subjects shared by most undergraduate computer science programs. The core curriculum in a CS associate or bachelor’s degree typically includes programming and software development, data structures and algorithms, operating systems, and applied mathematics. There are many CS specializations that dive deeper into one or more of these core areas, and plenty of computer science majors designed to prepare you for a specific IT career path. Your personal passions, resources like time and money, and the job you’re shooting for will dictate the computer science program that’s right for you.

The curriculum in a graduate computer science program builds on the undergrad coursework above. Generally, a computer science master’s degree dives deeper into the technical skills you learned as an undergrad, with a greater focus on a specific career track and potential management roles. MBAs in computer science concentrate on the business side of things; here you will learn to use computing skills to set and achieve organizational goals. Doctoral and PhD degrees in computer science tend to focus on research and scientific advancement; these programs are geared toward jobs like computer research scientist and CS professor.

This article will lay out some of the best jobs you can achieve with a computer science diploma (“best” in this case means top-tier salaries, an aggressive hiring forecast, and a high rate of upward mobility). We'll also highlight the courses and electives you should pursue to maximize your job prospects in each role, recommended degree levels, and earnings.

Here are the best jobs you can get with computer science degree:

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AI Upskilling for Technology Professionals

ITCareerFinder examines the benefits and practical applications of artificial intelligence upskilling in the IT workforce.

AI Upskilling

Artificial Intelligence (AI) has emerged as a game-changer in the IT industry, with AI-powered computing solutions rapidly gaining ground. For IT professionals, staying relevant in the AI era requires a strategic upgrade of skills. AI upskilling, therefore, is the call of the hour, enabling tech professionals to enhance their career trajectories and organizations to unlock the full potential of this cutting-edge tech.

This article will explore the importance, benefits, and educational pathways of AI upskilling for information technology professionals. We’ll also highlight some of the most sought-after AI skills by career path.

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