Now is the best time to fulfil your fantasy of becoming a spy.
A security cyberspace intelligence spy, that is.
That’s because business is booming, yet there aren’t enough people in the industry.
“The clients can’t get good people fast enough,” Andrea Sobel, a former headhunter who’s now a hiring manager at Parsons Corp., told us. “It’s a very open market right now.”
Sobel says the available work doesn’t just exist in Washington D.C., but that it’s everywhere throughout the country. The web has gotten too complex for the government to remain as cybersecurity dictator. Instead, companies have a need for people with these skills to keep data private, secure networks and prevent intellectual property theft.
“We’re dying for those people,” Sobel said. “My company can’t get enough.”
However, it’s a tough market to get into because the culture is different than what workers are used to. Most people in the industry are hired contingently and have to be able to get a security clearance before proceeding.
“It’s not an easy role to necessarily work in, but it’s definitely popping and hiring.”
“If you’re 40-something, or even 30-something, and you want to change your career to go into security intelligence, you’ll probably have a hard time because all the information is so new, but someone who picks it up right out of school is pretty much set.”
And the web isn’t projected to slow down any time soon. By 2015, there will be twice as many networked devices compared to people in the world, according to Cisco.
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