Cyberseek Figures Show U.S. Still Struggles with Cybersecurity Skills Gap

The cybersecurity job market remains tight, with more than 300,000 cybersecurity job openings in a recent 12-month period, according to the latest update to the Cyberseek™ job site.

There were 301,873 cybersecurity job openings in the private and public sectors between April 2017 and March 2018. The total employed U.S. cybersecurity workforce in the relevant 12 months was 768,096. That works out to 2.5 currently employed cybersecurity workers for every opening. By contrast, there are 6.5 current workers for every job opening overall, in what is already a tight labor market.

Cyberseek is a free career site developed by CompTIA, the leading technology industry association, and Burning Glass Technologies with funding from the National Institute of Standards and Technology. The latest updates follow a new federal report calling for improving the U.S. cybersecurity workforce.

The Cyberseek site shows state-by-state and region-by-region breakdowns of the cybersecurity job market, in addition to career pathways to start and advance in a career. Among other resources, Cyberseek offers data on “feeder roles,” jobs that have a similar skill profile that can serve as a springboard into cybersecurity careers.

Key insights from the latest update include:

  • Among major metropolitan areas, cybersecurity job openings are most heavily concentrated in Washington, D.C. (540% more openings per capita than national average), Baltimore (190%), and San Jose, Calif. (180%). In raw numbers, however, the top three cities were Washington, D.C. (43,200 openings), New York (19,993) and Chicago (11,464).
  • Of the “core” cybersecurity roles, the largest current demand is for Cybersecurity Engineers with 37,580 openings.
  • Four of the 10 core cybersecurity roles have average advertised salaries over $100,000: Cybersecurity Architects, Cybersecurity Managers, Cybersecurity Engineers, and Cybersecurity Consultants.
  • Demand for security skills isn’t limited to pure cybersecurity jobs. Many IT roles include cybersecurity as part of the job. In fact, the largest number of job openings – 194,224 – are in the category of Operate and Maintain. This category includes work roles related to the support, administration and maintenance of IT systems.

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