fields of study

#3: 3 blossoming fields of study with massive potential

For institutions eager to help their students not only leap into the job market, but enter a future-proof career, these fields of study are wise investments.

3.Cybersecurity Management/Security Engineering

A cybersecurity manager is in charge of protecting information systems from theft or damage to the hardware, the software, and to the information on them, as well as from disruption or misdirection of the services they provide.

Security engineering is a specialized field of engineering that focuses on the security aspects in the design of systems that need to be able to deal robustly with possible sources of disruption, ranging from natural disasters to malicious acts.

According to Glassdoor, the average base salary of a security engineer is $102,749, with current job openings over 2,000. CareerBuilder and Economic Modeling Specialists report the gap between monthly job postings and hires for security managers/analysts to be over 27,512, with a job growth between 2010 and 2015 of over 15,000 openings; and median hourly earnings at $42.74.

Already, Silicon Valley giants are creating a talent pipeline from colleges and universities, and from privately-funded academic programs, for students skilled in cybersecurity.

Higher education institutions are also forging partnerships to meet the needs of the cybersecurity industry and produce highly-skilled professionals to fill those industry gaps. One example is Champlain College in Vermont that offers master’s degrees, bachelor’s degrees, and industry certificates in computer forensics and digital investigation, along with cybersecurity. The college was recently honored as the 2015 winner of the Professional Award for Best Cybersecurity Higher Education Program by SC Magazine, an IT security professional publication.

A recent gift from Intel will also allow the Rochester Institute of Technology faculty to transform computing security education by developing new cybersecurity curriculum on strategic thinking and tactics. The $25,000 gift will fund new servers to host a computing infrastructure in which students are able to experiment and perform labs involving strategic thinking and tactics in cybersecurity attack and defense. Using the infrastructure, faculty will develop at least two course modules that will be used in classes at RIT and shared with the broader security education community.

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