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Cyber Security Specialist / Technician

What Does a Professional in this Career Do?

Works on monitoring, controlling, and maintaining systems that protect the security of large databases, including databases with customer information and patient files. May work on examination of client computer systems, identification of weak points in security, development and implementation of new systems, and monitoring and response to security issues.

Job Outlook

There were 423 Cyber Security Specialist / Technician job postings in North Carolina in the past year and 8897 in the United States.

In combination with other careers in the Cyber / Information Security Engineer / Analyst industry, which includes the Cyber Security Specialist / Technician career, the following graph shows the number of people employed for each year since 2012:

Salary

Many new Cyber Security Specialist / Technician jobs have salaries estimated to be in the following ranges, based on the requirements and responsibilities listed in job postings from the past year.

National

The average estimated salary in the United States for this career, based on job postings in the past year, is $85,306.

State

The average estimated salary in North Carolina for this career, based on job postings in the past year, is $91,401.

Percentiles represent the percentage that is lower than the value. For example, 25% of estimated salaries for Cyber Security Specialist / Technician postings in the United States in the past year were lower than $69,516.

Education and Experience

Posted Cyber Security Specialist / Technician jobs typically require the following level of education. The numbers below are based on job postings in the United States from the past year. Not all job postings list education requirements.

Education LevelPercentage
Associate's Degree7%
Bachelor's Degree62%
Master's Degree16%
Doctoral Degree1%
Other14%

Posted Cyber Security Specialist / Technician jobs typically require the following number of years of experience. The numbers below are based on job postings in the United States from the past year. Not all job postings list experience requirements.

Years of ExperiencePercentage
0 to 2 years31%
3 to 5 years40%
6 to 8 years17%
9+ years12%

Skills

Below are listings of the most common general and specialized skills Cyber Security Specialist / Technician positions expect applicants to have as well as the most common skills that distinguish individuals from their peers. The percentage of job postings that specifically mention each skill is also listed.

Baseline Skills

A skill that is required across a broad range of occupations, including this one.

  • Communication Skills (44%)
  • Problem Solving (28%)
  • Research (24%)
  • Detail-Oriented (21%)
  • Planning (20%)

Defining Skills

A core skill for this occupation, it occurs frequently in job postings.

  • Information Security (59%)
  • Information Systems (33%)
  • Information Assurance (16%)
  • Network Security (15%)
  • Security Operations (14%)

Necessary Skills

A skill that is requested frequently in this occupation but isn’t specific to it.

  • Project Management (13%)
  • Customer Service (13%)
  • Linux (13%)
  • Cryptography (8%)
  • Risk Assessment (8%)

Distinguishing Skills

A skill that may distinguish a subset of the occupation.

  • Penetration Testing (7%)
  • Cybersecurity Assessment (7%)
  • Certified Ethical Hacker (6%)
  • Computer Forensics (6%)
  • Threat Intelligence and Analysis (6%)

Alternative Job Titles

Sometimes employers post jobs with Cyber Security Specialist / Technician skills but a different job title. Some common alternative job titles include:

  • Cyber Security Specialist
  • Information Security Specialist
  • It Security Specialist
  • It Specialist Information Security
  • Information Technology Specialist Information Security

Similar Occupations

If you are interested in exploring occupations with similar skills, you may want to research the following job titles. Note that we only list occupations that have at least one corresponding NC State Online and Distance Education program.

Common Employers

Here are the employers that have posted the most Cyber Security Specialist / Technician jobs in the past year along with how many they have posted.

United States

  • Wells Fargo (255)
  • Leidos (253)
  • Deloitte (139)
  • CACI (135)
  • Citizens Financial Group (134)

North Carolina

  • Wells Fargo (32)
  • Cisco Systems Incorporated (16)
  • Vmware Incorporated (10)
  • Cynet Systems (10)
  • TD Bank (8)

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