IT is a highly competitive field, with salaries that reflect the complex nature of the work. If you're looking to enter the IT job market in 2014 (or maybe just change career paths), here are the crucial facts and figures you need to know about the most in-demand IT positions.
1. Information Security Analyst
Average salary: $86,170, according to BLS
Desirable certifications/qualifications: BA or BS in Computer Science or Management Information Systems. Qualified in penetration testing methodology. Some positions prioritize on-the-job experience, or experience in a similar setting.
What does this person do?: An information security analyst helps organizations to protect and secure sensitive data, as well as analyze potential threats to a system.
Most promising quote: "In the past year, our airwaves and Internet feeds have been clogged with tales of compromised security, leaked intelligence and diminished privacy, so of course, positions for...information security analyst[s] are popping up at Whack-A-Mole speed." — U.S. News & World Report's "Best Jobs of 2014"
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