The Bureau of Labor Statistics expects the job market for information security analysts, including cyber security professionals, to grow 28 percent through 2026 (more than double the projected growth for all computer occupations) with 28,500 jobs being added. The Center for Safety and Cyber Education’s Global Information Security Workforce Study found that 70 percent of employers around the globe considered increasing the size of their cybersecurity staff in 2017 (a third of hiring managers reported planning to increase their departments by at least 15 percent).
In other words, all signs point to it being a great time to work in cybersecurity. But where are the best places to work? If you’re thinking about relocating for better job opportunities, or just curious about how the job market stacks up where you live, take a look at this infographic on the best states and cities for cybersecurity professionals.
We looked at multiple data sources to determine the best states and cities for cybersecurity jobs, including the Bureau of Labor Statistics, CyberSeek, WalletHub, and Indeed:
- Bureau of Labor Statistics – Our top five states for cybersecurity professionals are the states with the highest employment level, according to the BLS (based on total employment rather than employment per thousand jobs).
- CyberSeek – A partnership between Burning Glass Technologies, the Computer Technology Industry Association (CompTIA) and the National Initiative for Cybersecurity Education (NICE), CyberSeek provides detailed, actionable data about supply and demand in the cybersecurity job market. We used CyberSeek’s Cybersecurity Supply/Demand Heat Map to look up more detailed information about positions in the top five states identified from the Bureau of Labor Statistics.
- WalletHub – To narrow down the best city for cybersecurity professionals in each state, we looked at WalletHub’s list of the Best and Worst Metro Areas for STEM Professionals. WalletHub compared the 100 most populated U.S. metropolitan areas across three dimensions: Professional Opportunities, STEM-Friendliness and Quality of Life.
- Indeed – We looked at Indeed, the “#1 job site in the world,” to see which companies were hiring cybersecurity professionals in each top city. Note: This is only a sampling of cybersecurity employers in these cities/states
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