Glenn Hegar
Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts
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CYBERSECURITYEducational Programs Economic Snapshot

University ofHouston

The University of Houston is one of only a handful of colleges and universities in the nation designated as a Center for Academic Excellence in two National Security Agency focus areas: cyber defense education and research. UH is strengthening the cybersecurity workforce and developing the tools and technologies needed to face global security challenges.

More than   95%

of University of Houston cybersecurity graduates are working in the field after graduation

UH’s cybersecurity graduates are highly recruited and quickly employed, earning an average starting salary of $84,750.

All Systems: Grow!

In 2017, information security analysts in Texas earned nearly twice as much as the average annual salary of all occupations in Texas.

Entry Level


Average Annual Wages for Information Security Analysts, 2017
LocationMean SalaryEntry Level SalaryExperienced Salary
Texas95,000 dollars57,000 dollars114,000 dollars
Gulf Coast Region 90,900 dollars 61.3 thousand dollars 116,300 dollars
The Woodlands_
Sugar Land MSA
91,600 dollars 62,000 dollars 116,500 dollars

Source: JobsEQ

↑ $49,000
Average Annual
Wage of All
in Texas

Average Annual Wage of Information Security Analysts in Texas

10-Year Forecasted Growth Rates for Information Security
Analyst Employment by Texas Region, 2018

Estimated 10-Year Growth Rates for Information Security Analyst Employment (As of 2018)
LocationGrowth Rate
Gulf Coast Region35.5%
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land MSA35.8%

Source: JobsEQ

  • In 2018, 1,798 information security analysts were employed in the Gulf Coast region, with 1,774 of them in the Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA).
  • Forecasts predict the occupation will grow over the next 10 years by almost 36 percent in the region and the MSA, just slightly below the state forecasted growth rate of 41.6 percent.

UH provides national leadership to the NSA Center of Academic Excellence program through the CAE National Resource Center for Knowledge Units and Academic Standards, which it has hosted since its inception.

UH’s Community Investment and Economic Impact

UH operates a university research center,
The Center for Information Security Research and Education,
which serves as a focal point for the university’s cybersecurity initiatives.

The College of Technology at UH is a national leader in cybersecurity for critical infrastructures through a professional master’s degree program aimed at protecting these critical elements of our economy.


The University of Houston enjoys a prime location within Texas’ largest city. The majority of its alumni join the Houston workforce, with graduates of the university’s cybersecurity programs going on to work for some of the world’s largest consulting firms, banks, energy companies and software developers.


Glenn Hegar

Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts


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