Information Technology Security Consultants

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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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Quick Facts
Alternate Title(s) Computer Security Consultants, Digital Security Consultants
Duties Provide advice on information technology security; help devise custom software to protect against hacking and other intrusions; test and troubleshoot cybersecurity systems; monitor for and respond to breaches in security
Salary Range $50,000 to $100,000+
Work Environment Primarily Indoors
Best Geographical Location(s) Opportunities are especially strong in large cities such as New York, Los Angeles, and Chicago
Minimum Education Level
  • Bachelor's Degree
School Subjects
  • Computer Science
  • Mathematics
  • Speech
Experience Several years of experience in lower-level information security positions
Personality Traits
  • Hands On
  • Problem-Solving
  • Technical
Skills
  • Computer
  • Information Management
  • Organizational
Certification or Licensing Recommended
Special Requirements Background checks for some employers
Employment Prospects Excellent
Advancement Prospects Good
Outlook Much Faster than the Average
Career Ladder
  • Consulting Firm Owner or IT Executive
  • Information Technology Security Consultant
  • Information Technology Security Analyst