The Global Information Security Workforce Study reports that by 2022, there will be 1.8 million open positions in the Cybersecurity field - yet our generation isn't going for the jobs. The study indicates only 7% of cybersecurity workers surveyed are under the age of 29.
The reason for this may be the common misconception that, unless you have a degree in Computer Science, you can't enter the field. While technical skills are of advantage, hiring managers are increasingly looking for people in liberal arts and other fields, due to their advanced analytical, research and communication skills. The study reports 87% of cybersecurity workers did not start out in the field and 30% came from non-technical backgrounds.
Another reason for the significant talent gap may be that cybersecurity simply isn't what crosses our mind when we first start thinking about our careers. An unawareness of opportunities prevents college grads from even considering the cybersecurity field, even though careers can be very lucrative and rewarding. However, while employers are working on raising awareness and advertising job opportunities, there is something you can do!
Check out our Cybersecurity Careers infographic and find out if a career in cybersecurity is right for you!