Computer Security Degrees: Career Options for Graduates with a Degree in Computer Security

Published Nov 02, 2009

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Computer security degrees include an Associate of Applied Science in Computer Systems Security, a Bachelor of Science in Network Security and a Master of Science in Computer Security and Information Assurance. Depending on experience and education, career options for graduates with a degree in computer security can include network security, security consulting and information systems security administration.

Computer Security Associate Degree Career Summary

Individuals wanting to pursue a 2-year computer security degree can earn an Associate of Applied Science in Computer Systems Security or an Associate of Science in Computer Information Technologies (IT) with a concentration in Computer and IT Security. Graduates of a computer security associate program are familiar with virtual defense trends and know how to document and execute security protocols.

Computer security specialists analyze company networks to detect potentially penetrable areas. Associate degree-holders have the necessary skills to work as entry-level computer security specialists in general information security, network security and corporate security. According to Salary.com, the median wage for U.S. security specialists is $43,319.

Computer Security Bachelor's Degree Career Summary

Those interested in studying computer security at the 4-year degree level can earn a Bachelor of Science in Information and Computer Security or a Bachelor of Science in Network Security. Computer security bachelor's degree-holders can work as consultants, systems analysts or security system designers. Systems application and security analysts earn a median salary of $81,370, notes Salary.com.

Computer security graduates can take exams to demonstrate skills in their field. The Information Systems Security Association, www.issa.org, lists professional certifications available to computer security specialists, such as the Computer Technology Industry Association (CompTIA) Security +, Systems Security Certified Practitioner and Symantec Certified Security Engineer. Professional certifications often qualify individuals for more job opportunities or career advancements.

Computer Security Master's Degree Career Summary

A Master of Science in Information Security or a Master of Science in Computer Security and Information Assurance program underscores management skills along with technical instruction in secure systems development and implementation, cryptography and virus analysis. Computer security graduate students who are interested in researching or teaching may continue toward a doctoral degree. Master's degree-holders can enter the workforce in administrative positions, such as information systems security manager, which generally require a master's degree and years of relevant experience. The median wage for information systems managers is $102,552, according to Salary.com.

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