More good news I noticed last week for those on the infosec career front … the unemployment of those in our field is 0%! Well at least those categorized as “information security analysts” by the Bureau of Labor and Statistics… I’m sure there are a few of us out there looking, however, I think in most cases it’s about finding the right opportunity to take.
Employment among information security analysts in the United States soared this past quarter by 16 percent, with none of the professionals in this line of work reporting that he or she was out of a job.
Among the 12 computer-related job classifications tracked by the Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics, information security analysts, along with computer and information research scientists, were the ones to report no unemployment during the first two quarters of 2011. Computer network architects had a minute 0.5 percent jobless rate in the second quarter, compared with none in the first quarter.
The number of people who consider themselves IT security analysts rose to 43,000 during the April-to-June period, up from the 37,000 from the previous three months, according to unpublished data provided to Information Security Media Group by BLS. BLS implemented new occupation categories at the beginning of the year, so no earlier data exists to make historic comparisons (see Feds, for First Time, Unveil Job Data for an IT Security Occupation).
Because of the small sample size for many occupation categories, such as information security analysts, BLS cautions that the figures for many individual job categories are not statistically reliable. Though neither gospel nor precise, the unpublished data historically reflect general workforce conditions.