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Avocado Toast and Infosec Jobs

October 24, 2017 by Jason Lackey

The class of 2016 graduated from university with an average of $37,172 in student loan debt. For those going for graduate degrees it is even worse - $42,000 for an MBA, $140,616 for a law degree. Against this backdrop of huge debt over 40% of recent grads end up taking jobs that don’t require a degree.

Avocado Toast

The anecdotal evidence is even harsher. Bachelor degree holders taking $10/hr hotel front desk jobs while others get beat out by masters degree holders for $10.50 technician jobs. It’s a tough world out there and it is just getting tougher. It ends up being a lot of hours worked to get that avocado toast.

The good news is that it doesn’t have to be this way. If, for example, you were to go for something in the infosec world the labor market is a lot more user friendly. With a projected 1.5 million job openings by 2019 and zero unemployment things are a bit different for infosec pros.

Opportunities are not even limited to the US, with estimates as high as 6 million global job openings coming online in the next few years.

Here’s where things get even more interesting. Starting salaries. An entry level security analyst can expect to earn on average $63,884 to start. It gets better though. IT is an industry that really appreciates (and rewards) certifications. Hold CISSP certification in San Diego and you will take come on average $102,421. Same certs in New York City? $119,840. Claw your way up to CISO in San Francisco and you can expect to pull down a clean quarter million dollars a year.

Which brings us back to that avocado toast meme. On that CISO comp plan one should be able to not only have that avocado toast but also a kitchen to eat it in too.

While on the topic of infosec, why not take a look at the Ixia 2017 Security Report?