Most of us cannot live without our cell phones or any kind of computer. And all this daily technological use is creating the need for people to work in cybersecurity.
Employers are looking to cover nearly 500,000 of these jobs. Rich Kolko, a WINK news security and safety specialist, explains why it is so difficult to occupy these positions.
22,000 of those 500,000 jobs found right here in Florida show how demand has far exceeded the supply of workers.
As quickly as universities or the military can train people in cybersecurity jobs, they already have jobs secured in the private sector or for the government.
More graduates in STEM fields are needed, specifically those with a concentration in cybersecurity, to fill these jobs.
John Benkert is the senior vice president of Cigent Technology, a cybersecurity company in Fort Myers. He says getting the right people in these jobs is a challenge.
“There is a huge shortage in the STEM field, in fact, all of them. And so, you know, as a company, you have to be creative, “said Benkert.” So supply and demand work the same way in all areas. So we have to be creative when we want to. hiring people, but it’s definitely a problem. “
Benkert adds that the problem will not be resolved soon.
The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts that employment growth in cybersecurity will be approximately 31% over the next few years.
The average pay for these jobs is about $ 104,000, so, one might think, that would attract people.