Why IT Security
IT Security is one of the most lucrative career fields today. The need for workers in CyberSecurity is growing. According to Cyberseek, there are over 300,000 open positions across the country. In the Tampa/St. Petersburg/Clearwater area they estimate over 4,000 open positions, but the amount of qualified workers is very low. This makes IT Security a great pick for a job seeker looking into get into a career with lots of potential to advance. Almost every day there are news articles about breaches and cyber attacks. The demand is always increasing for companies, the armed forces and government agencies–at the local, state and federal levels.
This is what employers are looking for
What is the DOD 8570 chart and what impact does it have on your career? Many jobs have a legal requirement: If you are in a role where you could have access to sensitive government data, then you must have at a minimum of one of the certifications shown for that role (see chart). Even employers who do no business with the government are now often requiring these in similar roles.
Here are just a few of the most popular certifications that meet the DOD 8570 requirements:
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