Updated June, 2021.
Quick summary: Get the latest stats on demand for cybersecurity jobs in Canada and around the world. Compare popular job titles, skills, salary and info on cybersecurity training and certification.
Almost everyone is familiar with the idea of cybersecurity. Many of us have had our emails or social media accounts hacked, or lost personal information in corporate data breaches.
Over the last few years, we’ve seen some major companies fall prey to cyber-attacks, including Equifax, Adobe, Yahoo, LinkedIn, and eBay.
How is it possible that even these giants can't stay ahead of the hackers? It all comes down to talent.
We simply don’t have enough qualified people. There is huge demand for cybersecurity specialists in Canada and across the globe.
Interested in IT security? This is the ideal time to start a career in this field. Here’s what you should know about cybersecurity jobs, training, skills, and salaries.
Demand for Cybersecurity Jobs: Canada & Worldwide Stats
What is the actual demand for cybersecurity jobs in Canada and throughout the world? Over the last few years, there have been many surveys and research reports done on this topic.
Here are a few of the latest stats:
☑️ Canada will need to fill 8000 cybersecurity jobs over the next few years (source: Deloitte)
☑️ The United States cybersecurity workforce must expand by 62% to meet demand (source: Cybersecurity Workforce Study, 2019)
☑️ Europe is facing a shortage of approximately 291,000 cybersecurity professionals (source: Cybersecurity Workforce Study, 2019)
☑️ Experts estimate at least 1.8 unfilled cybersecurity positions worldwide by 2022 (source: csis.org)
☑️ Cybersecurity job postings have grown by 94% over the past 6 years (ibm.com)
Most Wanted Cybersecurity Positions
Given the massive demand for cybersecurity professionals, it’s no surprise that there are opportunities in all departments and at all levels.
From entry-level roles to senior executive positions—the industry is wide open.
Here are some of the most wanted and hard-to-fill cybersecurity jobs:
☑️ Ethical Hacker
☑️ Cybersecurity Consultant
☑️ Penetration Tester/Vulnerability Analyst
☑️ Cybersecurity Analyst
☑️ Chief Information Security Officer (CISO)
Average Salary for Cybersecurity jobs in Canada
We researched salaries for top cybersecurity jobs using data from Payscale, Glassdoor, and Indeed. Keep in mind, salaries vary depending on experience.
Entry-level positions pay less, while those with experience can make substantially more than what is listed here. There are also variations in pay depending on the city where you live.
On average, here’s what Canadians are making right now in these roles:
☑️ Certified Ethical Hacker: $77,000/year
☑️ Penetration Tester: $60,000/year
☑️ Cybersecurity Analyst: $65,000/year
☑️ Chief Information Security Officer: $93,000/year
☑️ IT Security Consultant; $72,000/year
What skills do you need for a career in cybersecurity?
Today's cybersecurity professionals need very specific technical skills to predict, detect, and mitigate data breaches. These include:
☑️ In-depth knowledge of current cybersecurity threats
☑️ Best practices in cybersecurity for multiple operating systems, including Windows, macOS, Linux, and Unix
☑️ Complete arsenal of network monitoring and security tactics
☑️ Best practices for web application security
☑️ Cloud security
☑️ Digital forensics
☑️ Tools and techniques for ethical hacking
☑️ Procedures for disaster recovery and system restoration
Cybersecurity Training and Certification
There is no shortage of cybersecurity training options. Do a quick online search and you’ll find dozens of programs, from 2-week bootcamps to 4-year university degrees.
Looking for something in the middle?
Herzing College Ottawa offers a 12-month Cybersecurity program. It’s an accelerated diploma that includes 940 hours of hands-on cybersecurity training (labs) and 100 hours of internship.
Based on cutting edge technologies and tools, this program helps prepare students for 5 leading cybersecurity certifications:
☑️ Systems Security Certified Practitioner (SSCP)
☑️ Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP)
☑️ Certified Cloud Security Professional (CCSP)
☑️ Cyber Security Practitioner (CSXP)
Some employers prefer to hire certified cybersecurity specialists—earning these credentials can certainly help advance your career.
However, students who choose not to challenge the certification exams are still qualified for several cybersecurity jobs, including Ethical Hacker, Cybersecurity Analyst, Cybersecurity Consultant, and Penetration Tester.
How do you get started?
If you’re interested in cybersecurity training, we strongly suggest talking with a qualified Admissions Advisor.
Admissions will guide you through training options, careers, tuition costs, and available financial aid. They can also help you determine if this program fits your strengths and goals.
Click below to explore Herzing’s Cybersecurity training program, and chat live with an Advisor now. We're here to help!