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Finally, A Useful Degree

While Creative Writing majors are serving coffee and college graduates who majored in various species of “studies” are occupying Wall Street, K Street or any other venue where they can pitch a tent, some institutions are actually offering degrees in fields that look more promising. “The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), which classifies cyber security professionals as information security analysts, expects this field to add 65,700 jobs by 2020,” PR Newswire claims. “That’s a 22% increase, faster than the average for all occupations. BLS data also shows a $75,660 median annual salary in 2010 for cyber security professionals.”

“With Congress debating the Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act and corporations looking to maintain secure information systems, the issue of cyber security continues to be in the news every day,” Matthew Speer, Director of Sales and Marketing for U.S. News University Connection, avers. “Cyber criminals are looking to steal personal information, credit card numbers, even military secrets. Cyber security professionals are at the forefront of preventing such crimes, and we’re thrilled to help them get the education they need to do their job.”

“An interest in technology – and a talent for putting it to use – are ideal traits for cyber security students. Credentials are available at many levels, from one-year certificates [1] to six-year master’s degrees in cybersecurity [2],” according to PR Newswire.

Malcolm A. Kline is the Executive Director of Accuracy in Academia [3].

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