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Does Secure Data Equal a Secure Job?

written by: Sheila Robinson•edited by: Bill Fulks•updated: 8/27/2010

Are you considering pursuing a career in information systems security? There is debate on whether or not this field can offer job stability. Find out some details about the information systems security job outlook and what you can do to help you succeed in this popular field.

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    What is the Information Systems Security Job Outlook?

    Information systems security jobs are worth pursuing. Information systems security jobs are in demand due to the increase in wireless networks that businesses have put into place. As technology increases, so does the need to protect it from exploitation from cyber criminal activity. In 2010, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics these jobs are expected to increase by 23% over the next eight years.

    In 2010 it is a tough job market in the U.S. While many types of jobs are difficult to find and obtain, professionals in Information Systems Security and other IT professionals will notice more opportunities available. Does this mean you will have no difficulty getting a job? Unfortunately, this is not the case. Due to the popularity of this field, many people are getting the education they need to obtain these types of positions. And like any other job available at this time, the employers are flooded with people all vying for the same opportunity. This makes Information Security jobs highly competitive, and you will need an extra edge in order to stand out from the other applicants.

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    Tips for Success in Information Systems Security

    The most important thing you will need in this field is a college education. Most employers prefer applicants with at least a bachelor’s degree in computer science or related major. Higher paid positions require an MBA. In addition, a current certification in your area of Information Systems Security is helpful in a tough job climate.

    When you are building up your experience, focus it on a specific industry. This can include medical, telecommunications or retail. Not only do employees prefer these types of professionals, it makes it easier if you are trying to move up to a higher level position later in your career.

    The government and law enforcement agencies offer a lot of opportunity in this profession. If you are able to get a security clearance, there is even less competition for the jobs that require it.

    The field of information system security changes constantly. You will need to keep up with new technology, protocols and about defenses against new computer viruses.

    Highest paid positions are management based and require supervision of technical staff. These are security pros that have the ability to talk to business people about security issues without confusing them with technical language terminology.

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    What Jobs are In Demand?

    The information systems security jobs that are in demand (as of 2010) are:

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    Final Thoughts

    While the information systems security job outlook is promising, like any other popular occupation there is a lot of competition. To stay ahead in a tough job climate, you need to make yourself stand out from the pack to get noticed by employers. To sum up, if you get a college education, keep up with technology, get a certification and specialize in a particular industry you have a good chance of success in this exciting profession.

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