Want a job in cybersecurity? There are plenty to go around. Cybersecurity Ventures estimated that there will be 3.5 million job openings in the industry by the end of the year. That makes sense. According to Gartner, global spending on information security and risk management technology is expected to exceed $150 billion in 2021. Organizations are going to need someone to help them manage those new solutions.

The issue is that information security is an expansive industry. As such, it’s not always easy for aspiring security professionals to know where to begin with selecting a career path or with pursuing their first certification. To help them out, here are 10 of the top highest-paying infosec jobs based on overall median pay grade.

#10: Forensic Computer Analyst

A Forensic Computer Analyst gathers evidence off computers, networks, and other data storage devices for investigating instances of digital crime.

These individuals commonly work closely with law enforcement agencies to compile evidence for legal cases, draft technical reports, offer expert testimony in trials, and train officers in computer evidence tactics. Those wanting to pursue this career path must be familiar with several programming languages and operating systems as well as with cryptography principles, eDiscovery tools, and forensics software.

Forensic Computer Analysts make a median salary of $74,896. They can expect to earn at least $51K, according to PayScale. But with the possibility of commissions, tips, and overtime, they can make as much as $119K.

#9: Information Security Specialist

An Information Security Specialist is an entry- to mid-level employee whose job functions help to strengthen the security of an organization.

Information Security Specialists are often required to analyze a system’s security requirements, install and configure security solutions, perform vulnerability testing, and help train fellow employees in security awareness. Individuals who are interested in (Read more...)