Despite cybersecurity job training growth, hiring hasn’t kept up with demand, according to a report from analytics firm Burning Glass Technologies. Citing data from the National Center for Education Studies, the company said that postsecondary cybersecurity training and the number of graduates in the field rose by 33% and 40%, respectively, between 2013 and 2017. But the field’s ratio of employed workers to job openings has changed little in four years, it noted.
- One reason for the gap, per the report, is that cybersecurity has grown to become a critical function across industries rather than being solely a concern for the government and defense industries. According to Burning Glass Technology’s database, the number of cybersecurity job postings has grown 94% since 2013 — more than three times faster than all other information technology (IT) job postings. Cybersecurity jobs also pay 16% more on average than other IT jobs, but take 20% longer to fill, the report said.
- The cybersecurity job market is also being impacted by changing skill demands. The report said demand for cybersecurity roles with automation skills has grown by 225% since 2013. Demand for risk management skills has grown by 133% since that time. Burning Glass Technologies projects the fastest-growing cybersecurity skills over the next five years to be public cloud security and knowledge of the Internet of Things.