Network Security Specialist

Those interested in finding a job in the IT industry that can survive an economic decline should consider a career in network security. Knowledgeable and skilled network security specialists usually do not have difficulty finding a job. The following are professional certifications available in network security: Certified Ethical Hacker (CEH), GIAC Security Essentials Certifications (CSEC), and CompTIA Security+. These are just a few of the more popular certifications, but there are many others that can be completed.

Salary: $67,000

Education: It's recommended to earn a bachelor's degree in information technology or a related major. There are also many professional certification programs available for people already working in IT or those wanting to begin a career in this industry.

Experience: Most people working in network security begin their careers working as system administrators. Those interested in making a career transition to network security should acquire some experience as a system administrator and complete a professional certification program to develop the necessary skills to work as a security specialist.