What The Tech? Cyber Security as a career
You already know about the high cost of a college education. And even with a degree, there's no guarantee you'll find a job.
You already know about the high cost of a college education. And even with a degree, there's no guarantee you'll find a job. But in one career, you'll not only get the education for free, but a high paying career once you graduate and the jobs are made possible by cyber-terrorists.
There are hundreds of cyber-terrorism attacks aimed at companies and governments every minute. Most of these are from state sponsored terrorist organizations overseas, but in the United States there aren't enough people trained and qualified to stop them.
Cyber-security expert Patty Anderson explained the challenges. "The government has over 200,000 jobs open and unfilled for cyber security technicians," she said.
The number of job openings is growing while many jobs go unfilled for years. "There's such a shortage of this skill set there is a provision to give you college tuition and a stipend," said Anderson. "It's called Cybercorps."
Cybercorps is a government program that'll pay all of tuition, all books and fees and a $15,000 stipend. If you want to continue for a masters degree, the government will cover that too. Cybercorps will also pay tuition, books and fees for students wishing to earn a doctorate, with the stipend growing to as much as $30,000 a year.
"For every year they give your their stipend and cover your tuition, fees and books, you must work for the government for that year and that's where you want to work anyway," said Anderson.
Those governmental cyber-security technician jobs pay very well. We found Homeland Security jobs paying as much as $185,000 per year while the smallest salary is in the $60s.
When the student fulfills their obligation to the government, they'll be in high demand for companies hiring their own cyber-security positions. It's expected over the next few years, there will be an additional 1 million job openings for someone who can help put a stop to these cyber attacks.
For more details on the CyberCorps program and a list of colleges, universities and technical schools participating, visit https://www.sfs.opm.gov/