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How to Get a Job in Cybersecurity

Cybersecurity careers are some of the highest paying and least competitive of most computer science fields. Professionals in the industry work in finance and retail businesses or in government contracting positions. Cybersecurity jobs are so exclusive, however, because you need substantial experience and specific training to be qualified.

A cybersecurity career is very rewarding, but you will need to invest in your training and education. We recommend spending some time gaining experience before diving into cybersecurity. Some of the steps you can take to gain the qualifications for a high-paying cyber job include:

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Finishing school. A Bachelor’s degree will help you in almost any field you choose. A computer science or engineering degree is preferred; but, any degree is better than no formal education. A Bachelor’s degree will impress recruiters, and in some cases, a degree outside your field will help you understand the businesses for which you’ll be working in the future. Degrees tailored to careers in cybersecurity include:

  • Information Assurance
  • Computer Forensics
  • Cybercrime and Investigation
  • Computer Engineering
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Take IT certifications. Employers want to hire candidates with a well-rounded education in computer science and networking. You won’t be able to secure and monitor computer network systems if you don’t first have an understanding of how they are built and maintained. Below is listed the best IT certifications for entry-level work:

  • Cisco Certified Network Associate (CCNA)

  • Compt TIA A+ Technician

  • Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP)

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Gaining work experience in an IT related field. Internships are a great way to learn about IT and other tech fields. You’ll have a better understanding of how the IT field relates to cybersecurity, and prove your skills to future employers. It will help you develop cross-functional skills that put you ahead of your other job seekers in cybersecurity. Employers want someone who has practical skills and knowledge in the following areas:

  • Systems Administration

  • Database Managemen

  • Database Modeling
  • Programming

  • Network Configuration

Once you’ve finished your schooling and gained some IT experience, it’s time to look for a recruiter. Perseverance Staffing can help you find the right employers in cybersecurity. We offer permanent placement, temporary, and temp-to-hire positions in IT and cybersecurity. Contact us today to learn more.