Comparitech publishes 2021 study into the state of the US cybersecurity job market
Comparitech is a pro-consumer website providing information, tools, reviews and comparisons to help our readers in the US, UK and the rest of the world improve their cyber security and privacy online. Comparitech recently released their publication about the state of the US cybersecurity job market in 2021.
In a world where data protection is becoming increasingly important, cybersecurity roles are at the heart of many companies’ employment strategies.
Often defined as “information security analysts,” these roles involve planning and implementing security measures that help protect an organization’s computer systems and networks. This includes installing software (such as firewalls and data encryption programs), investigating security breaches, and looking for potential vulnerabilities before they are exploited.
In 2019, the average salary for cybersecurity roles was $94,984 per year, 2.4% more than the average salary in 2018 ($92,789), and the number of people in these roles had grown by over 16% (from 108,440 to 125,950). Furthermore, over the next 10 years (2019 to 2029), the estimated job growth for these roles is 31 percent (much higher than the average of 4 percent).
So how is the job landscape for cybersecurity roles changing and how do the roles shape up on a state-by-state basis (including the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico)?
Comparitech compared data from the last couple of years to find out. And in the study the company reveals where the cybersecurity job hotspots are, including where the highest salaries are paid, where the most jobs are, and where the best long-term projections for these roles are.
The key findings are:
- 16.15% increase in people working in cybersecurity.
- Number of cybersecurity job vacancies increased by 5.64%.
- Utah projected to have the biggest growth in cybersecurity roles (59.3% by 2028).
- Virginia ranked #1 overall based on factors including vacancies and average salaries.
Which state should you head to for the best cybersecurity roles?
Initially, you may consider Virginia thanks to its vast number of current roles and great salary. Or, you might opt for New York with its even more attractive salary ($121,750) that’s 24.7% higher than the average information security analyst salary ($94,984) and 62.22% higher than NY’s average salary (for all types of employment).
View the study and links to the data sources here: Comparitech