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Average Wages

Information Security Analysts


Industry Outlook

Career outlook is: excellent for the next 12-18 months

Job Description

Plan, implement, upgrade, or monitor security measures for the protection of computer networks and information. May ensure appropriate security controls are in place that will safeguard digital files and vital electronic infrastructure. May respond to computer security breaches and viruses.


Also known as:
Information Security Officer, Information Security Specialist, Information Systems Security Analyst, Systems Analyst, Information Systems Security Officer, Data Security Administrator, Security Analyst, Network Security Analyst, Information Technology Specialist, Information Technology Security Analyst (IT Security Analyst)

Average Career Wages

Co-Op / Internship

Securing an internship for this position is a good way in which to understand the expectations required for full time employment.

Typical Job Tasks

  • Develop computer or information security policies or procedures.
  • Update knowledge about emerging industry or technology trends.
  • Implement security measures for computer or information systems.
  • Test computer system operations to ensure proper functioning.
  • Troubleshoot issues with computer applications or systems.
  • Document operational procedures.
  • Collaborate with others to resolve information technology issues.


  • Monitor the security of digital information.
  • Coordinate project activities with other personnel or departments.
  • Train others in computer interface or software use.


Required Skills

People in this career often have these skills:
  • Reading Comprehension – Reading work-related information.
  • Critical Thinking – Thinking about the pros and cons of different ways to solve a problem.
  • Complex Problem Solving – Noticing a problem and figuring out the best way to solve it.
  • Active Listening – Listening to others, not interrupting, and asking good questions.
  • Speaking – Talking to others.


  • Writing – Writing things for co-workers or customers.
  • Monitoring – Keeping track of how well people and/or groups are doing in order to make improvements.
  • Systems Analysis – Figuring out how a system should work and how changes in the future will affect it.
  • Judgment and Decision Making – Thinking about the pros and cons of different options and picking the best one.


Projected Employment Numbers


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2026 Employment

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What Experience and Education do you Require?

Individuals in this field typically have:

  1. Bachelor’s degree
  2.  Less than 5 years work experience
  3.  No on-the-job training

Typical Education Level Required

Background Knowledge

People in this career often know a lot about:
  • Computers and Electronics – Knowledge of circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.
  • English Language – Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
  • Administration and Management – Knowledge of business and management principles involved in strategic planning, resource allocation, human resources modeling, leadership technique, production methods, and coordination of people and resources.
  • Engineering and Technology – Knowledge of the practical application of engineering science and technology. This includes applying principles, techniques, procedures, and equipment to the design and production of various goods and services.
  • Telecommunications – Knowledge of transmission, broadcasting, switching, control, and operation of telecommunications systems.


  • Customer and Personal Service – Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.


Successful people in this career have ...

  • Oral Comprehension – Listening and understanding what people say.
  • Deductive Reasoning – Using rules to solve problems.
  • Written Comprehension – Reading and understanding what is written.
  • Inductive Reasoning – Making general rules or coming up with answers from lots of detailed information.
  • Problem Sensitivity – Noticing when problems happen.


  • Information Ordering – Ordering or arranging things.
  • Written Expression – Communicating by writing.
  • Oral Expression – Communicating by speaking.
  • Near Vision – Seeing details up close.
  • Category Flexibility – Grouping things in different ways.
  • Speech Recognition – Recognizing spoken words.
  • Speech Clarity – Speaking clearly.
  • Flexibility of Closure – Seeing hidden patterns.