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What do cybersecurity jobs look like?

Cybersecurity offers a variety of analyst, developer, and administrator positions all the way up to c-suite roles like Chief Information Security Officer. Depending on the size of the organization, an employee may have additional information technology-related duties or they may work with a team of information technology and cybersecurity specialists to detect, resolve, or foresee threats.

Individuals can also specialize within the cybersecurity field by becoming a virus technician or vulnerability assessor. For additional titles and positions, see The George Washington University’s Department of Computer Science’s Cybersecurity Roles and Job Titles site.

Cybersecurity Skills and Knowledge

To successfully pursue cybersecurity career opportunities, applicants should be tech-savvy. Additionally, an analytical mind, an attention to detail, and the ability to “notice” issues are important characteristics. Working in cybersecurity requires that one be a problem solver. If this sounds like you, then the next step is to ensure you h.ave the education and certification that employers require.

Training Requirements

Many cybersecurity positions require a bachelor’s degree, though some companies will accept work experience instead. Other organizations may want further education, like a master’s degree,

depending on the level of responsibility and specialization associated with the position.

Regardless of the education requirements listed in a cybersecurity job posting, almost all of them will require industry certifications.

Many employers will want you to have the basics: CompTIA Security+, GSEC: GIAC Security Essentials Certification, or SSCP: Systems Security Certified Practitioner. Programs like IVMF’s O2O Veteran Career Transition Program offer many of these certifications at no-cost to you as a Veteran. Programs like CASY and IBM’s i2 Data Analyst Notebook and QRadar training and certification can offer you additional tools to help establish your cybersecurity knowledge.

Career Progression and Growth

In addition to offering a good salary, the cybersecurity industry also provides room to grow in your career. Managerial and directorial positions exist as well as CIO positions. Experience and additional certifications and specialized training can help you climb the promotional ladder, or start your own firm.


Does this sound like you? If so, talk to your Employment Specialist and determine what positions you qualify for and what additional training you may need.