In 2017, Texas ranked third among states in its number of cybercrime victims and, at $115.7 million, second in financial losses.
Cybercrime — the use of computer technology or the internet to gain unauthorized access to information for exploitative or malicious purposes — poses a danger to both national and personal security.
Sources: Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts, JobsEQ
|Type of Employer||2018 |
|Five-Year History||10-Year Forecast|
|Change||Percent Change||Total Demand||Separations*||Growth||Growth Rate|
|Total Covered Employment||9,029||1,338||17.4%||10,888||7,130||3,757||41.6%|
Projected Growth Rate
Cybersecurity has a near-zero unemployment rate and an average annual wage of $110,000 across its various occupations.
During the past five years, the state added 1,338 jobs in this occupation and is expected to add 3,757 more during the next 10 years, for a growth rate of 41.6 percent.
The Comptroller’s office has examined educational and employment statistics for the information security analyst occupation, defined by the federal Standard Occupational Classification system as workers who plan, implement, upgrade or monitor security measures for the protection of computer networks and information. These workers ensure appropriate security controls are in place and respond to computer security breaches and viruses.
|Title||CIP Code*||Certificates and Two-Year Awards||Four-Year Awards||Postgraduate Awards||Total Awards|
|Computer and Information Systems Security/Information Assurance||11.1003||285||105||94||484|
|Computer Systems Networking and Telecommunications||11.0901||840||26||0||866|
|Information Technology Project Management||11.1005||0||1||12||13|
|Network and System Administration/Administrator||11.1001||157||1||0||158|
|System, Networking, and LAN/WAN Management/Manager||11.1002||285||76||0||361|
Every job added to the cybersecurity industry generates about $224,000 in economic output and $124,000 in compensation directly within the industry.
Indirect and Induced
|Impact From||Direct||Indirect and Induced||Total Impact|
Millions of businesses and individuals face financial and personal risk from compromised systems every day. Unfortunately, cybercriminals see Texas’ large, ever-growing population simply as a large and ever-growing pool of potential targets. The state’s colleges and universities have continued to develop nationally recognized programs that produce the highly skilled professionals needed to address these challenges while creating high-wage, high-demand jobs for Texans. During the 2017 academic year, these programs awarded more than 484 degrees for information security analysts as well as thousands of degrees for workers in other IT occupations.
Texas’ cybersecurity educational programs train workers who enter almost every industry of the state economy. But they also contribute greatly to the cybersecurity industry itself — an industry so new it has yet to be defined by NAICS.
Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts
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