Security Analyst Career Information, Job Outlook & Salary

Security Analyst

Security Analyst Career Description

Security analysts are computer specialists who deal with all aspects of an organization's information security. They plan, install, and upkeep security software, train employees about computer security, and in some cases, help to prosecute cyber crime. Security analysts are becoming more specialized in areas like cyber security law enforcement as cyber attacks and security concerns increase in the workplace.

Security Analyst Education

A bachelor's degree may be required for many security analyst positions. In some cases, certification and relevant work experience may suffice. Law enforcement training in cyber security and criminal justice degrees may both prove relevant to this career, as might previous experience in police jobs or security jobs. Campus or online criminal justice degrees can be paired with computer expertise to give security analysts a well-rounded background in cyber crime.

Security Analyst Employment

There is no hard data for numbers of security analysts employed in the U.S., but the total number of computer support specialists and systems administrators as of 2006 was about 862,000.

Security Analyst Job Description

Computer systems administrators and computer security specialists are expected to see 27 percent job growth, or "much faster than average" growth, in coming years. Cyber security will likely remain a major concern to businesses and other organizations, and the need for qualified information security professionals will continue to grow.

Security Analyst Salary Ranges

*Median annual salary: $80,570
High: $115,753
Low: $59,133

*Bureau of Labor Statistics

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