17 Universities Producing the Most Cybersecurity Talent Since 2010
The number of unfilled cybersecurity jobs is expected to grow by 350 percent, from one million positions in 2013 to 3.5 million in 2021.
This prediction by Cybersecurity Ventures highlights the cyber-skills shortage and the need to invest in talent. Emsi’s analysis on the gap suggests that collaboration is key. Companies should re-skill employees, universities should develop curriculum that meets demand, and workforce development organizations should bring these communities together at the city and regional level.
We ran an analysis on CrowdSegment with Steppingblocks data to find people who work in cybersecurity and have graduated in the last ten years with a cybersecurity degree or certificate. Out of this population, we analyzed their education and found 17 institutions who have filled the cybersecurity pipeline the most. Here’s a snapshot of their alumni.
Top Undergrad Schools for Cybersecurity (Sorted by Average Salary)
1. University of Maryland
Average Salary: $112,825
64% of University of Maryland grads who work in cybersecurity live in D.C., Maryland, or Virginia. California, Texas, and New York attract the next largest segment of this population.
2. University of Phoenix
Average Salary: $104,465
Almost half of recent cybersecurity grads from the University of Phoenix are veterans. 15% live in California, followed by Colorado, Maryland, and Florida. This population is slightly older than grads from other leading cybersecurity schools with an average age of 40.
3. George Mason University
Average Salary: $101,116
Graduates from George Mason University who earned their degree in the last 10 years are working as Cybersecurity Engineers, Cybersecurity Analysts, and Cybersecurity Specialists. The top three employers hiring these grads include Booz Allen Hamilton, Capital One, and Raytheon.
4. University of Maryland Global Campus
Average Salary: $99,941
Top industries for University of Maryland Global Campus recent grads include Information Technology and Services, Defense and Space, and Computer and Network Security. Almost half of these grads are veterans.
5. Northern Virginia Community College
Average Salary: $96,111
Graduates from Northern Virginia Community College who earned their degree in the last 10 years are working at Capital One, Visa, and Deloitte. 88% of this population stayed local after graduation and live in Virginia, D.C., or Maryland. 26% obtained their master’s, and an additional 1% earned a doctorate degree.
6. Western Governors University
Average Salary: $91,991
Graduates from Western Governors University who earned their degree in the last 10 years are working as Cybersecurity Analysts, Cybersecurity Engineers, and Cybersecurity Specialists. The top three employers hiring these grads are Booz Allen Hamilton, SAIC, and Lockheed Martin.
7. Penn State University
Average Salary: $91,350
28% of Penn State grads who work in cybersecurity stayed in Pennsylvania, and 21% moved to D.C. or Virginia for jobs in their field. New York, Florida, and Maryland attract the next largest segment of this population.
8. Community College of the Air Force
Average Salary: $90,914
Graduates from the Community College of the Air Force who earned their degree in the last 10 years are working as Cybersecurity Analysts, Cybersecurity Engineers, and Cybersecurity Specialists. The top three employers hiring these grads include the U.S. Air Force, Booz Allen Hamilton, and SAIC. 59% obtained their master’s, and an additional 2% earned a doctorate degree.
9. American Military University
Average Salary: $88,373
Top industries for American Military University recent grads include Defense and Space, Computer Software, and Military. 60% of this population has obtained a master’s degree, and an additional 6% earned a doctorate.
10. University of Texas at San Antonio
Average Salary: $75,633
Top industries for University of Texas at San Antonio recent grads include Information Technology and Services, Aviation, and Oil and Energy. Delta Risk and Southwest Airlines are two top employers.
Top Grad Schools for Cybersecurity (Sorted by Volume)
1. University of Maryland Global Campus
2. Western Governors University
3. Utica College
4. Capella University
5. National University
6. Bellevue University
7. George Mason University
8. Webster University
9. University of South Florida
10. Carnegie Mellon University
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