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More than 45,000 Cybersecurity Professionals Sought by California Employers

Nov 29, 2016

New CyberSeek™ tool pinpoints cybersecurity staffing needs, career paths and more 

Sacramento, Calif. – Employers across California posted job openings for more than 45,000 cybersecurity workers over the past year, according to CyberSeek™, a new online resource designed to enhance our nation’s cybersecurity workforce.

CyberSeek was introduced this month by the U.S. Commerce Department’s National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) in cooperation with CompTIA, the world’s leading technology association, and its partner, labor market analytics firm Burning Glass Technologies.

An estimated 84,415 people are employed in cybersecurity roles in California, according to CyberSeek data. However, employers posted 45,062 job openings for cybersecurity workers. The top markets with open positions are:

  1. Los Angeles (13,675)
  2. San Francisco (12,884)
  3. San Jose (7,491)
  4. San Diego (5,368)
  5. Sacramento (2,050)

“We’ve known for some time that there are gaps between the supply and demand of cybersecurity workers,” said Tim Herbert, senior vice president, research and market intelligence, CompTIA. “By pinpointing the need to the state and local levels, CyberSeek fills in knowledge gaps so we can better understand the demand for cybersecurity professionals; the skills employers are looking for; and the true supply of professionals to fill those positions.”

California has a cybersecurity workforce supply-demand ratio of 1.9, compared to a national average of 2.2. This means the cybersecurity labor market in California is tighter relative to many other states.

“Universities and healthcare facilities, technology companies and financial institutions, and many other businesses have been the targets of cyber-attacks in recent months,” said Kelly Hitt, director, state government affairs, California and Hawaii, CompTIA. “This daily drumbeat of news about cyber-threats is a constant reminder of the need for cybersecurity readiness. That readiness starts by fortifying the frontline of defense – cybersecurity professionals armed with the right education, certifications and skills.

The cybersecurity job titles most often requested by California employers include:

  • Cyber Security Engineer
  • Network Engineer / Architect
  • Auditor
  • Software Developer / Engineer
  • Systems Engineer

CyberSeek’s interactive heat map of cybersecurity jobs is augmented by the Career Pathway, which provides information on different types of positions to help students, job seekers and workforce trainers. The Career Pathway features information on common job titles, salaries, online job openings, in-demand skills, education and certifications related to careers in cybersecurity. It incorporates job categories from the NICE Cybersecurity Workforce Framework, which provides a common language to describe cybersecurity work. The site illustrates how an individual can advance in a cybersecurity career, starting with four different entry-level positions through mid- and advanced-level jobs.

CyberSeek is a free resource available to anyone interested in the cybersecurity workforce. It is the product of the first year of a three-year grant awarded to CompTIA by NIST.

About CompTIA
The Computing Technology Industry Association (CompTIA) is a non-profit trade association serving as the voice of the information technology industry. With approximately 2,000 member companies, 3,000 academic and training partners, 100,000-plus registered users and more than two million IT certifications issued, CompTIA is dedicated to advancing industry growth through educational programs, market research, networking events, professional certifications and public policy advocacy. To learn more, visit CompTIA online, Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter.

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Steven Ostrowski
CompTIA
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sostrowski@comptia.org
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