Cybersecurity Job Openings Boom, Pool of U.S. Job-Seekers Shrinks

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By: Tekla S. Perry

Recruitment site Indeed has good news for cybersecurity professionals: Demand is booming around the world. After a relatively flat period between 2016 and 2017, 2018 saw job postings up 7 percent in the United States, 18 percent in Ireland, and 39 percent in India, recently ranked as one of the least cyber-secure countries in the world. Job seeker interest, as measured by the number of clicks on cybersecurity job listings, did not keep pace, except in Israel, one of the few countries to see a dip in job listings, England, France, Australia, and the Netherlands. In the U.S., job seeker interest actually dipped 1.3 percent compared with the previous year. (See chart, below).

Indeed also looked at the highest paying cybersecurity jobs in the U.S. Application security engineer came out on top, at $128,128, ahead of director of information security, at $127,855. Penetration testers, aka ethical hackers, are earning an average of $114,431 annually.

Rank Job Title Average Salary
1 Application security engineer $128,128
2 Director of information security $127,855
3 Senior security consultant $126,628
4 Cloud engineer $126,365
5 Software architect $117,633
6 Penetration tester $114,431
7 Risk manager $108,465
8 Chief information officer $103,690
9 Security engineer $101,808
10 Information manager $99,930

This article originally appeared in IEEE Spectrum on 25 April 2019.