Cybersecurity analysts work to ensure that an organization’s computer networks, computer systems and digital information stay safe from cyber-attacks and hackers. They may plan, monitor and test computer systems for security and implement appropriate security controls. They may install and use software, such as firewalls and data encryption programs, to protect sensitive information. They may also perform penetration testing, using simulation of attacks to look for vulnerabilities in an organization’s computer system before they may be exploited by hackers.

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Get Started

An associate degree is necessary for a start, and students may transfer to a university to complete a bachelor’s degree. Those in the field will need to be self-motivated and constantly teach themselves to stay up-to-date, as those who fight cyber-attacks must stay one step ahead of hackers and cyber criminals who seek new ways to gain access to sensitive information.


$47,000 per year to start in Michigan, and earnings will increase with education and/or experience.

Career Outlook

A growing field, jobs are available for graduates. The Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts jobs for security analysts to increase about 37 percent through the year 2022, much faster than the average for all occupations.