Information Technology Security Consultants


Overview

Introduction

Information technology (IT) security consultants help companies, nonprofits, government agencies, and other organizations identify weaknesses in IT systems and suggest solutions to make these systems as secure as possible. They are also known as computer security consultants and digital security consultants.

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Median Salary

$85,874

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Employment Prospects

Excellent

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Minimum Education Level

Bachelor's Degree


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Experience

Several years of experience in lower-level information security p


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Skills

Computer


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Personality Traits

Hands On

Earnings

In 2020, information technology, computing, and networking security consultants earned salaries that ranged from $57,000 to $136,000, according to PayScale.com, with a median of $85,874. Earnings for IT security consultants vary greatly, based on their levels of education and experience, type of employer, and other factors. Many independent consultants charge by the hour, with fees ranging from...

Work Environment

Information technology security consultants typically work in the offices of their company or on-site at a client (necessitating frequent travel until a project is completed). Some perform all or a portion of their work in home offices.

Some IT security consulting positions can be stressful at times when colleagues don’t agree on solutions for security breaches, efforts to thwart hackers...

Outlook

Employment for information security analysts who work for management, scientific, and technical consulting services firms will grow by 39.7 percent from 2018 to 2028, according to the U.S. Department of Labor, or much faster than the average for all occupations. Many U.S. companies and other organizations are increasing their cybersecurity budgets due to increasing concerns about data security....

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