by Donald L. Johnson
There are currently 100,000 information security analyst jobs in the U.S. economy. Employment of information security analysts is projected to grow by over 28,000 from 2016 to 2026, or by 28 percent, much faster than the average for all occupations. Demand for information security analysts is expected be very high, as these analysts will be needed to create innovative solutions to prevent loss of critical information and keep hackers from causing problems for computer networks. Information security analysts must stay up to date on cyber security and the latest methods attackers are using to invade and compromise computer systems. These analysts have to be knowledgeable of new security technology to decide what will most effectively project their organizations. Information security analysts usually need at least a bachelor’s degree in computer science or computer related field. Some positions require master’s level degrees in information systems. Also, some employers prefer candidates to have certifications such as the Certified Information Systems Security Professional certificate.
According to the U.S. Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), the median annual wage for information security analysts was $95,510 in May 2017. By comparison, the median pay in May 2017 for all occupations was $37,690. Jobs for information security analysts are projected by the BLS to grow four times faster than for all occupations, and 3.5 times faster than engineers as a group.
Projected Employment Growth, Information Security Analysts, 2016-2026
Source: Occupational Outlook Handbook, Bureau of Labor Statistics, April 2018.
About the author
Donald L. Johnson has a Ph.D. in economics from the University of Tennessee and serves as senior researcher and principle investigator for ORISE workforce studies. With more than 20 years of experience in surveying both industry and academia, he has conducted dozens of analyses related to science and engineering labor market trends, and on issues such as workforce skills, adequacy of labor supply, education requirements and employment demand.