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My nephew is thinking of going into cyber security. Does anyone know much about it and what programs can be learn to get into it or ahead.
What does the job market look it for cyber security. He is still a senior in high school.
 
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He needs to go talk to his school counselor. There he can learn about job opportunities in your area, as well as educational opportunities in your area, on top of any classes he needs to be taking NOW (if not already too late to enroll :().

To answer your question in general, the field is getting crowded. However, the opportunities are growing as fast, if not faster. So the need for qualified experts most likely will never go away.

Hopefully, your son is not just now starting to think about this. Frankly, he probably should have been looking into IT as a career as a freshman, not well into his senior year. Whether that be with programming or hardware support, or as systems administrators - with a focus on security throughout.

Hopefully too, he has been taking classes heavy in math and sciences.

I might also suggest he go talk to military recruiters. All the branches are very concerned with computer security, network security, cyber security and cyber warfare (both defensive and offensive) But IMO, the Air Force (yes, I am biased there) and the Navy offer the best opportunities - much in part because the USAF flies $2 billion dollar airplanes (B-2) and the USN sails $13 billion ships (USS Ford). These are HUGE (read: very expensive) assets payed for by taxpayers' dollars we don't want lost due to an enemy cyber attack - NOT that the loss of a single USA soldier or USMC Marine is worth any less!

One of the biggest advantage to going military (besides the honor of serving his country) is they will pay for his education, give him free room, board and health care, pay him a comfortable living wage all while training him the latest skills - as well as earning 2.5 vacation (leave) days per month (30/year) starting on day 1. But they don't just train you in your field, they teach leadership skills too so when he gets out (hopefully after 20+ years), he can slide over into a great civilian job, in a lucrative manager or team leader position, directing the activities of others.
 
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He needs to go talk to his school counselor. There he can learn about job opportunities in your area, as well as educational opportunities in your area, on top of any classes he needs to be taking NOW (if not already too late to enroll :().

To answer your question in general, the field is getting crowded. However, the opportunities are growing as fast, if not faster. So the need for qualified experts most likely will never go away.

Hopefully, your son is not just now starting to think about this. Frankly, he probably should have been looking into IT as a career as a freshman, not well into his senior year. Whether that be with programming or hardware support, or as systems administrators - with a focus on security throughout.

Hopefully too, he has been taking classes heavy in math and sciences.

I might also suggest he go talk to military recruiters. All the branches are very concerned with computer security, network security, cyber security and cyber warfare (both defensive and offensive) But IMO, the Air Force (yes, I am biased there) and the Navy offer the best opportunities - much in part because the USAF flies $2 billion dollar airplanes (B-2) and the USN sails $13 billion ships (USS Ford). These are HUGE (read: very expensive) assets payed for by taxpayers' dollars we don't want lost due to an enemy cyber attack - NOT that the loss of a single USA soldier or USMC Marine is worth any less!

One of the biggest advantage to going military (besides the honor of serving his country) is they will pay for his education, give him free room, board and health care, pay him a comfortable living wage all while training him the latest skills - as well as earning 2.5 vacation (leave) days per month (30/year) starting on day 1. But they don't just train you in your field, they teach leadership skills too so when he gets out (hopefully after 20+ years), he can slide over into a great civilian job, in a lucrative manager or team leader position, directing the activities of others.
My nephew doesnt qualify for the military, he has very bad eyesight.
 
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They are constantly changing their requirements. If it has been awhile, I would check again - especially if his sight can be corrected with glasses. Lots of military people wear glasses.

Other than that, then my other suggestions stand. He can also visit local IT consulting firms and ask what they are looking for - maybe even snag a intern position.
 

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My nephew doesnt qualify for the military, he has very bad eyesight.
I have pretty bad eyesight, cannot function without glasses, and did 6 years in the Army. I work in IT now as a contractor for the DOD and am making a pretty fair amount of money. The path for cyber security is pretty cut and dry from here, need certs.

Advice from me? Have him start with certifications. A+, Network+, Security+ are a good trio to have. CySA+ would be the next good one to get if he is serious about Cyber Security.
 
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I have pretty bad eyesight, cannot function without glasses, and did 6 years in the Army. I work in IT now as a contractor for the DOD and am making a pretty fair amount of money. The path for cyber security is pretty cut and dry from here, need certs.

Advice from me? Have him start with certifications. A+, Network+, Security+ are a good trio to have. CySA+ would be the next good one to get if he is serious about Cyber Security.
He has something in his eyes that makes him disqualified from the military. He wears special plastic like contact lenses, I dont know that name of it.
 
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My nephew is thinking of going into cyber security. Does anyone know much about it and what programs can be learn to get into it or ahead.
What does the job market look it for cyber security. He is still a senior in high school.
Major growth sector for years to come, especially with AI looming.
 
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