Taneka: Now is a great time to get into the Cybersecurity field. According to CyberSeek.org, there are total of 300K+ cybersecurity job openings in the U.S. California needs a lot of cybersecurity engineer, analyst, architect, administrator, etc... However, you do need to know your cybersecurity stuff. The really good part is that you don't need a college degree. Many employers are seeking candidates with cybersecurity certificates such as CompTIA Security, Certified Information Privacy Professional, Certified Information Systems Security Professional, etc...
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Hi, competitive in what sense? it's a very wide industry and many subsections. Experience and knowledge in many subjects (people, languages, technologies, development, testing) are just some of the key element. Also "alternative" or thinking outside the box with new ideas and approaches is a good thing.
I can talk about the "global" cybersecurity industry... essentially there are not enough people applying,
Essentially the better the grades and experience (specialist or generalist) you have will open more choice you likely have. Typically, training and development programs will be provided to develop your interests and specialist areas (some you will not have even thought of!).
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