In the wake of a number of high-profile breaches that leaked the personal information of millions, demand for cybersecurity professionals continues to grow, jumping up 7% from 2017 to 2018, according to a Wednesday report from job search site Indeed. But job seeker interest in these roles is diminishing, meaning companies often need to offer top dollar to attract and retain the most skilled candidates.
From 2017 to 2018, clicks on US cybersecurity job listings dropped 1.3%, the report found. This could be due to a number of factors, including a failure to attract women and millennials to the field, as well as job postings that are seeking too many specific skills that could be trained on the job.
SEE: How to build a successful career in cybersecurity (free PDF) (TechRepublic)
Indeed analyzed its salary data to determine the 10 highest-paid job titles in cybersecurity in the US, almost all of which top $100,000 annually:
- Application security engineer (Average salary: $128,128)
- Director of information security (Average salary: $127,855)
- Senior security consultant (Average salary: $126,628)
- Cloud engineer (Average salary: $126,365)
- Software architect (Average salary: $117,633)
- Penetration tester (Average salary: $114,431)
- Risk manager (Average salary: $108,465)
- Chief information officer (Average salary: $103,690)
- Security engineer (Average salary: $101,808)
- Information manager (Average salary: $99,930)
How to attract cybersecurity talent to your organization
Often times, prospective cybersecurity job candidates come across cybersecurity roles unintentionally, the report found. The top tech-related searches that lead to the most clicks on cybersecurity postings include “Information technology,” “Amazon,” and “engineer,” it found. Other terms that lead to a high number of clicks on security job postings included “security,” “full-time,” “entry level” and “government.”
This suggests that there are a number of job seekers with related interests out there, and that employers should consider taking a broad approach to hiring in this field, according to the report.
“As our digital footprints grow and the security of our data becomes increasingly vital, demand for cybersecurity jobs will no doubt continue to rise,” the report stated.
For more on how to attract diverse cybersecurity talent to your organization, check out this video on TechRepublic. And to learn how to break into a cybersecurity career, check out this TechRepublic How to become a cybersecurity pro cheat sheet.