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Career Watch: Be wary of IT employment contracts

Jamie Eckle | May 2, 2017
An attorney warns about the gotchas in employment contracts; security jobs go begging; master's degrees in computer science pay off.

Additionally, there are a myriad of compensation structures, benefits structures and employment classifications that each IT professional should have reviewed by an attorney.


Security jobs go begging

Applicants are scarce for information security jobs, according to a new cybersecurity workforce study by ISACA’s Cybersecurity Nexus.

While only 13% of the responding companies said they receive 20 or more applications for each open security position, ISACA noted that other studies show that most corporate job openings result in 60 to 250 applicants. ISACA also found that most of those who do apply for the positions are considered by the employers to be lacking in the necessary qualifications.

Here’s a look at a couple of ISACA’s findings:


On average, how long does it take you to fill a cybersecurity/information security position?

  • Less than 2 weeks: 1%
  • 1 month: 8%
  • 2 months: 15%
  • 3 months: 30%
  • 6 months: 26%
  • Can’t fill open positions: 6%
  • Don’t know: 14%

On average, how many applicants do you get for open security positions?

  • 0 to 4: 22%
  • 5 to 9: 26%
  • 10 to 14: 16%
  • 15 to 19: 4%
  • 20-plus: 13%
  • Don’t know: 19%

Source: ISACA’s State of Cyber Security 2017 survey of 633 cybersecurity professionals.


Computer science, class leader

Among this year’s recipients of master’s degrees, those who majored in computer science can expect to be the best paid, according to the winter 2017 Salary Survey from the National Association of Colleges and Employers. NACE found that the overall average salary projection for class of 2017 computer science graduates is $81,039, an increase of more than 12% from last year, when computer science ranked No. 2.


Projected average salaries by discipline/master's degrees,
2017 vs. 2016:

Source: Winter 2017 Salary Survey of 243 employer members of the National Association of Colleges and Employers
Broad category2017 average salary2016 average salary
Computer science $81,039 $72,080
Engineering $75,053 $73,871
Business $74,066 $71,663
Math and sciences $70,061 $67,891


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