Online Master of Science in Cybersecurity 

Top Five Cities for Cybersecurity Careers

Cybersecurity specialists are in high demand. Every news story about the latest cyber attack fuels increased demand for qualified professionals. For every headline, there are countless attacks that go unpublicized.

That’s why cybersecurity is one of the hottest areas in all of information technology. In fact, there are over 200,000 cybersecurity jobs currently unfilled, according to the 2015 Global Information Security Workforce Study. That number is expected to rise to over one million by 2020.

Not surprisingly, colleges are expanding their curricula to meet this challenge. Most colleges now offer elective courses in cybersecurity to complement or provide an emphasis to an engineering or computer science degree. Some colleges, however, have even designed specialized cybersecurity degrees. The University of Delaware has an online Master of Science in Cybersecurity program that has been created with real-life cyber-threat scenarios in mind. These situations offer real-life experience for students, which enables them to gain in-depth expertise in the field so they can accelerate their careers.

While jobs in cybersecurity are likely to be available throughout the nation, there are certain hotspots where an unappeasable demand exists and is likely to continue for some time to come. Silicon Valley, the region in California that includes and surrounds San Francisco, remains king because of its numerous startups combined with its role as home base for IT giants including Apple, HP, and Alphabet, the former Google.

Beyond Silicon Valley, these are some of the hottest cities for cybersecurity jobs:

Seattle, Washington: Seattle (and surrounding cities including Bellevue and Everett) is a haven for jobs relying heavily on science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM). As job growth in cybersecurity often relies on STEM skills, the Seattle metro area has shown 8 percent STEM growth and 12 percent tech job growth from 2014 – 2015.

The largest employers include Amazon, Microsoft, Boeing, and Expedia. Google, Facebook, and Twitter also have large operations in the region.

According to the NerdWallet’s report on the best places for STEM grads, Seattle ranks fifth out of 354 metro areas in the United States. There are 120 STEM jobs for every 1,000 total available jobs in the area. An increasingly large number of these are in cybersecurity.

Huntsville, Alabama: Huntsville is known as Rocket City for good reason: NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center, Cummings Research Park, and a host of aerospace and military companies are located in the city. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, there are 155 STEM jobs for every 1,000 total available jobs in Huntsville.

Washington, D.C.: According to the Burning Glass Job Market Intelligence: Cybersecurity Jobs 2015report, our nation’s capital had the most job postings in 2014 for cybersecurity, with 27,246. In addition to a large number of tech companies, there are numerous government facilities that are always on the lookout for qualified cybersecurity personnel.

New York City: Thanks to Wall Street and numerous startups, cybersecurity professionals are always in high demand in the Big Apple. According to the Cybersecurity Jobs 2015 report, there were nearly 18,000 cybersecurity job postings in New York City for the year.

Durham/Chapel Hill/Raleigh, North CarolinaThe Research Triangle Park is one of the largest research areas in the world comprising the three major research universities in the area: Duke, North Carolina State, and University of North Carolina. Extremely low rent, plenty of cybersecurity jobs, and salaries above the national average make this one of the hottest areas for cybersecurity. Well-known companies in North Carolina include IBM, Time Warner, Cisco, AT&T, Lenovo, among others.