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What other careers can you get into with skills from cybersecurity?

I want to get into cyber security, and I've gotten good advice so far. But if for some reason, the career ends up not working for me, what other careers can I pursue with those same skills?

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Kara’s Answer

Law school is a great way to go! Cyber security attorneys are in high demand and are highly compensated.
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Kara’s Answer

Law school is a great way to go! Cyber security attorneys are in high demand and are highly compensated.
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Edmond’s Answer

You can always take the soft skills you learn to another field regardless whether they're related to cybersecurity or entirely different from it. Those include ability to analyze data, manage projects, presentation skills, etc.

Echoing Atul and Kara, cybersecurity is required and embedded in many other disciplines that you can easily pivot into a different field and put those skills to use - for example healthcare (e.g policy and regulations, medical devices), industrial control (e.g. power plant controls), automobiles (connected cars).
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Atul’s Answer

There are so many variations in the cuber-security, you will never get tired from doing one thing.
For instance: if you are working on email security or malware detection/prevention , you can switch to machine learning, analytics, blockchain based cyber security and many more.
Please note this field is vast and it is not limited to antivirus or malware or spam.
Knowing what you know you can become certified hacker or switch completely to do software engineering working for social media or finance or Google or writing software for automation.
Your knowledge of computer software will come handy at many places.
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Ana’s Answer

Hello Marcus,

If Cybersecurity is something you love and want to do you cannot go wrong. It is a field in high demand and as the previous responses have indicated, the possibilities to branching out to different areas/fields are vast. Even if you were to change fields, the skills you learn in cybersecurity will help you advance in jobs. Some of the entry level jobs requiring cybersecurity skills are IT/IS work roles which include: Technical Support Specialist, Network Operations Specialist, System Administrator and Software Developer.

Depending on how long you want to advance your education, you can also pursue more specialized Cybersecurity positions such as Systems Security Analyst, Cyber Defense Infrastructure Support Specialist, Cyber Defense Analyst, Vulnerability Assessment Analyst and Cyber Defense Forensics Analyst.

The following link gives you more in-depth information about the field of cybersecurity including labor market demands and skills needed.

http://www.coeccc.net/reports/Cybersecurity

Wishing you a bright future,

Ana

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Timothy’s Answer

Depending on if you want to go the practitioner or consultant route, careers that have been around for a long time such as Accounting and Management Information Systems can also be good choices.

Professional service careers can provide a ton of unique experiences with many different clients in many different cities and even countries. Regardless of your end goal, I cannot stress enough the experience that you will get from spending at least a few years in those roles, seeing what businesses do well and do poorly.

The US Military has outstanding programs for those with Information Security backgrounds and experience. You will also come out of service with a top-secret clearance which can be a pathway to very lucrative contractor jobs.

The great thing about cybersecurity is that it is not going away, but only growing and touching almost every industry in the future as everything becomes more connected.
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