Cyber Engineering: Salaries and Job Outlook

HBU graduates can expect a wide range of well-paying job opportunities in cyber security, information security and more.

 Graduates with a Bachelor of Science in Cyber Engineering degree from Houston Baptist University are prepared to fill high-demand jobs in energy, healthcare, marine transportation and other industries. Any company involved in critical infrastructure needs at least some cyber engineers who understand both the operational technology and the information technology relevant to that organization.

Industry expert CompTIA reports that the “entire tech industry is growing, and IT jobs offer salaries that are unmatched.” In fact, according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), the average annual earnings of people in computer occupations is $87,870, which is nearly 44 percent higher than that of other occupations ($49,630).

Employment of computer and information technology occupations is projected to grow 13 percent through 2026, faster than the average for all occupations, says the BLS. These occupations are projected to add about 557,100 new jobs. Demand for these workers will stem from greater emphasis on cloud computing, the collection and storage of big data, and information security.

Every small, medium and large business or organization must deal with cyber security issues. As a result, estimates say, there’s a worldwide need for 2 million cyber security professionals.

HBU graduates with a Bachelor of Science in Cyber Engineering will work in security operations, process control, network security, threat reduction and incident response, and other cyber security-related positions. Some HBU graduates will work to design the next generation of connected devices, so that better security measures can be built into the devices during design and production, before utilization and operation begins. Explore more about careers for Cyber Engineering graduates.

Industry Demand for Cyber Security Expertise

The need for cyber engineers and scientists who can design and secure information and control systems is large and growing.

CyberSeek is a unique tool designed to connect job-seekers and employers hiring for in-demand cybersecurity skills. It offers an interactive set of maps, tools and career pathways aligned to the National Initiative for Cybersecurity Education (NICE) Workforce Framework to help users understand the cybersecurity job market.

CyberSeek shows a national demand of approximately 300,000 cybersecurity professionals, with a demand for more than 20,000 cybersecurity professionals for the state of Texas, but the availability or supply of such professionals is rated “Very Low” in the Houston metropolitan area.

Employment of computer and information technology occupations is projected to grow 13 percent through 2026, faster than the average for all occupations, says the BLS. These occupations are projected to add about 557,100 new jobs. Demand for these workers will stem from greater emphasis on cloud computing, the collection and storage of big data, and information security.

Every small, medium and large business or organization must deal with cyber security issues. As a result, estimates say, there’s a worldwide need for 2 million cyber security professionals.

Banks and financial institutions, as well as other organizations, will need to increase their information security capabilities in the face of growing cybersecurity threats. In addition, as the healthcare industry expands its use of electronic medical records, ensuring patients’ privacy and protecting personal data are becoming more important. More information security and cyber security analysts are likely to be needed to create the safeguards that will satisfy patients’ concerns.

Employment of information security analysts is projected to grow 56 percent in computer systems design and related services through 2026, says the BLS. The increasing adoption of cloud services by small and medium-sized businesses and a rise in cybersecurity threats will create demand for managed security services providers in this industry.

CyberSeek reports that the average salary for a cyber security engineer is $108,000. According to ZipRecruiter, as of November 2018, the average annual pay for the cyber security jobs category in the United States is $96,185 a year.

While ZipRecruiter reports annual salaries as high as $181,500 and as low as $11,000, the majority of salaries within the cyber security jobs category currently range between $60,000 to $107,000 across the United States. From ZipRecuiter, here are average cyber engineer salaries for the five top-paying states, and for Texas, which ranks #41:

State                                                    Hourly Wage                Annual Salary

1.  New York                                        $61.34                         $127,591

2.  Massachusetts                             $61.02                         $126,920

3.  Maryland                                         $57.54                         $119,683

4.  Vermont                                          $56.68                         $117,904

5.  California                                         $56.60                         $117,726

41 Texas                                                 $38.60                         $  80,280

 

 

 

 

 

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