Colorado sees boost in cyber professionals

An estimated 17,182 people are employed in cybersecurity roles in Colorado, according to data. However, employers still posted an estimated 11,153 job openings for cybersecurity workers over the past year, according to research by CyberSeek.

Supply and demand of cybersecurity professionals

“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.

Colorado has a cybersecurity workforce supply-demand ratio of 1.5, compared to a national average of 2.2. This means the cybersecurity labor market in Colorado is tighter in relation to many other states, meaning demand is high.

Most popular cybersecurity jobs

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

  • Cyber Security Analyst / Specialist
  • Network Engineer / Architect
  • Cyber Security Engineer
  • Systems Support Specialist
  • IT Director

“Bars and restaurants, hotels and resorts, and many other businesses have been the targets of cyber-attacks in recent months,” said Kara Bush, director, state government affairs, West, 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 defence – cybersecurity professionals armed with the right education, certifications and skills.”

Helping students enter the workforce

On CyberSeek there’s an interactive heat map of cybersecurity jobs which provides information on different types of positions to help students, job seekers and workforce trainers gain entry into the industry. It features information on common job titles, salaries, online job openings, in-demand skills, education and certifications related to careers in cybersecurity.

CyberSeek is a free resource available to anyone interested in the cybersecurity workforce.

 

Edited from press release by Jordan Platt.

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