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The Current Job Market for Cybersecurity Professionals

As cyber attacks grow more and more prevalent in today’s society, you could guess that the cybersecurity industry is showing no signs of slowing down. With a whopping 3.5 million jobs expected to go unfilled by 2021, the desperate call for cybersecurity professionals is quickly turning into a crisis. So, what does this mean for job seekers in the industry and its job market?

Here we have the very definition of supply and demand at its finest. This allows not only seasoned professionals in the industry the ability to demand top dollar but entry-level individuals as well. And they are getting it too, folks. The demand is higher than ever as the talent gap continues to grow.

So where might you want to move if you were thinking about taking your talents into the cybersecurity industry? Well, you’ll want to put Washington DC at the top of that list. Boasting an astounding 0% unemployment rate in the field over the past few years, the nation’s capital is most certainly a hub for security professionals. This is most largely in part due to the Federal Agencies located throughout the DMV.

If DC isn’t your speed, the list also includes a close second, New York. Then, surprisingly, we have San Francisco playing catch up at #8. Here’s a list of cities where the job market for cybersecurity is thriving.

Indeed’s research: Top 10 cities in need of security professionals
  1. Washington, DC
  2. New York, NY
  3. Dallas-Fort Worth, TX
  4. Baltimore, MD
  5. Chicago, IL
  6. Atlanta, GA
  7. Boston, MA
  8. San Francisco, CA
  9. Los Angeles, CA
  10. San Jose, CA

If you’re looking to hire top cybersecurity talent you may be asking yourself: So, what now? Trust me, I’ve been there before. I’ve learned never to rely on merits on a resume. Instead, if the candidate has the right attitude, works hard, and has a passion for resolving any issue you throw at them, hire them. They might not be your “perfect candidate” initially but think the long game. Provide the individual who is eager and excited to take on new challenges the resources and time. You will have not only scored a loyal employee but one who could easily turn into that ever-so-rare unicorn of a “perfect” candidate.

By Recruiting Manager, Cat McClellan

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