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Secure a cyber career

Cyber Security Jobs

Equip yourself with the skills STEM employers want with a Bachelor of Cybersecurity

Cyber security jobs are set to grow by 33% by 2030, much faster than other careers. So not only will you be super employable by having a cyber security degree under your belt, you’ll also be ready to work in a range of different industries. Think: banking, Defence, healthcare, retail, manufacturing and more.

Given the increasing frequency and sophistication of cyber attacks, there will be plenty of opportunities for cyber security professionals to put their skills to good use safeguarding the integrity of their employer’s networks, data and infrastructure.

A degree in cyber security also opens up a variety of roles, ranging from ethical hacking and penetration testing to security analysis and risk management.

The UTS difference

Dr Priyadarsi Nanda (Senior Lecturer, School of Electrical and Data Engineering)

At UTS, cyber security students benefit from cutting-edge research facilities, expert teachers, and industry partnerships. This means that as a student, you’ll get a comprehensive education that prepares you for the dynamic and ever-evolving landscape of cyber security.

Dr Priyadarsi Nanda (Senior Lecturer, School of Electrical and Data Engineering) says: “When we designed the Bachelor of Cybersecurity, we had a very strong presence of industry advisory members from various fields. They were the key people who gave us lots of insights into how our courses, subjects and labs would be designed. That means students are very much exposed to day-to-day activities in cyberspace.”

Cool classes

Jason
Jason Armstrong, cyber security student

As a kid, Jason Armstrong had a strong sense of justice (and was even a self-proclaimed “tattle tale”). He has also always been interested in technology, so was naturally drawn to cyber security.

Knowing it’s a big growth area, Jason started exploring his study options and headed along to a UTS Cyber Security Society event. He then realised their new Bachelor of Cybersecurity was the right choice for him.

Now in his second year, Jason says his favourite thing about the degree has been the classes and the people. “All my lecturers have been really cool!”

He also loves the hands-on nature of the degree. In his first semester of uni, Jason was working on practical tasks like building a LAN network.

His advice for anyone considering cyber security at UTS is to go for it.

“They are developing the course now, so it’s going to be modern and to the specifications that are currently required in the industry.”

Practical learning

Shawaiz
Shawaiz Bhatti, IT student

Bachelor of Information Technology (Co-op) student Shawaiz says one of the major reasons he chose this degree was because he thought it would propel his future career.

As part of his degree, Shawaiz undertakes two six-month, full-time internships in industry. During his first internship, he was in the cyber security team at insurance company AMP.

“That’s when I realised that this is something I will enjoy and actually be able to do,” he says.

Shawaiz then picked cyber security as his sub major and is starting his second internship at Origin Energy this year.

He also enjoys the technical and practical aspects of his learning at UTS. “In cyber security there are, of course, lectures and theory, but then every week in labs we do actual cyber security attacks,” Shawaiz explains. “We run it on a virtual machine to learn how it all works and how you can combat it.”

Think UTS is the uni for you? Shawaiz says it’s a welcoming and supportive place to be. “You can join

a society or a group, and with studying, everyone is helpful towards each other.”

What to enrol in?

Bachelor of Cybersecurity (UAC Code: 603235)

Bachelor of Information Technology (Co-op) (sub majoring in cybersecurity) (UAC Code: 603210 Co-op)

Find out more about UTS and the above agrees here.

Employment opportunities – cyber security jobs

  • Penetration tester
  • Digital forensics analyst
  • Security architect
  • Cyber security analyst
  • Network security engineer
  • Information security analyst
  • Incident manager

Show me the money

  • Cyber security analyst: $57k$122k (average = $79,474)
  • Network security engineer: $73k$161k (average = $90,000)
  • Penetration tester: $58k$137k (average = $89,243)
  • Security analyst: $59k – $113k (average: $80,009)
  • Security architect: $115k$222k (average: $152,898)

Salaries according to payscale.com

Skills needed for cyber security jobs

Programming

✔ Cryptography

✔ Database fundamentals

✔ Information security management

✔ Threat intelligence

✔ Incidence response

✔ Project management

You can read more about all of these degrees and the career paths that go with them in Careers with STEM: Future Careers.

This post is brought to you in partnership with the UTS Faculty of Engineering and IT.

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