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IT SECURITY ENGINEER: A Master Of All Trades

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Emidio, an IT security engineer, spends his typical day consulting on security solutions on new projects. Though he went to school for art, his friend recruited him into this position because he knew that he was great at troubleshooting. He tells us that he has to continually learn new things in his job because you have to stay on top of new developments.

Degree: Art
Job Title: IT Security Engineer

Job Summary: Information Security Analysts, Web Developers, and Computer Network Architects

Job Description

Information security analysts, web developers, and computer network architects all use information technology (IT) to advance their organization's goals. Security analysts ensure a firm's information stays safe from cyberattacks. Web developers create websites to help firms have a public face. Computer network architects create the internal networks all workers within organizations use.

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Additional Info

Employment of information security analysts, web developers, and computer network architects is projected to grow 22 percent from 2010 to 2020, faster than the average for all occupations. Job prospects for all three occupations should be favorable.

Quick Facts

Average salary
Average salary
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$45,000 - $75,000
Projected job growth
Projected Job Growth
20 to 30 percent
Typical schedule
Typical schedule
Full-time
Typical workplace
Typical workplace
Remote, Home, Indoor, Office, Military
Personal qualities
Personal Qualities
Analytical skills, Creativity, Organizational skills, Problem solving skills, Teamwork, Detail oriented, Mathematical skills, Technical skills, Written communication skills
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m='10730'>all</span> <span m='10950'>security</span> <span m='14310'>tasks,</span> <span m='14870'>so</span> <span m='15050'>to</span> <span m='15130'>speak.</span> <span m='16790'>I</span> <span m='17740'>usually</span> <span m='17930'>start out</span> <span m='18020'>my</span> <span m='18140'>day</span> <span m='18650'>sifting</span> <span m='18960'>through</span> <span m='19120'>email</span> <span m='19550'>to</span> <span m='19620'>find</span> <span m='19920'>out</span> <span m='20050'>what</span> <span m='20400'>new</span> <span m='20560'>policies,</span> <span m='21090'>process,</span> <span m='21590'>things</span> <span m='21800'>that</span> <span m='21880'>I</span> <span m='21960'>need</span> <span m='22130'>to</span> <span m='22250'>enforce,</span> <span m='23040'>any</span> <span m='23230'>new</span> <span m='23350'>project</span> <span m='23760'>initiatives.</span> <span m='25050'>I</span> <span m='25170'>then</span> <span m='25560'>spend</span> <span m='25780'>a</span> <span m='25840'>lot</span> <span m='26000'>of</span> <span m='26050'>time</span> <span m='26290'>sitting</span> <span m='26620'>in</span> <span m='26780'>meetings</span> <span m='27130'>and</span> <span m='27210'>architecture</span> <span m='27660'>sessions</span> <span m='28160'>to</span> <span m='29270'>help</span> <span m='29500'>architects'</span> <span m='30180'>security</span> <span m='30740'>solutions</span> <span m='31480'>for</span> <span m='32340'>new</span> <span m='32509'>business</span> <span m='32850'>initiatives,</span> <span m='33320'>et</span> <span m='33400'>cetera</span> <span m='33680'>et</span> <span m='33760'>cetera.</span> <span m='34110'>And</span> <span m='34220'>then</span> <span m='34320'>I</span> <span m='34420'>also</span> <span m='34620'>spend</span> <span m='34840'>a</span> <span m='34890'>lot</span> <span m='35080'>of</span> <span m='35120'>my</span> <span m='35240'>time</span> <span m='35920'>consulting</span> <span m='36430'>back</span> <span m='36720'>to</span> <span m='36830'>the</span> <span m='36930'>business</span> <span m='37840'>for</span> <span m='38030'>our</span> <span m='38100'>business</span> <span m='38360'>leadership,</span> <span m='38720'>who</span> <span m='38790'>doesn't</span> <span m='38990'>necessarily</span> <span m='39650'>understand</span> <span m='40190'>IT</span> <span m='40570'>and</span> <span m='41610'>security,</span> <span m='42660'>and</span> <span m='43290'>provide</span> <span m='43700'>our</span> <span m='43880'>input</span> <span m='44190'>on</span> <span m='47710'>what's</span> <span m='47890'>the</span> <span m='47980'>most</span> <span m='48150'>secure</span> <span m='48780'>approach</span> <span m='49190'>that</span> <span m='49240'>we</span> <span m='49340'>can</span> <span m='49620'>for</span> <span m='49760'>any</span> <span m='49890'>given</span> <span m='50100'>project.</span> </p><p><span m='51010'>Actually,</span> <span m='51670'>I</span> <span m='51720'>went</span> <span m='51910'>to</span> <span m='51980'>school</span> <span m='52230'>for</span> <span m='52350'>art.</span> <span m='54050'>A</span> <span m='54160'>friend</span> <span m='54470'>of</span> <span m='54550'>mine</span> <span m='55700'>who</span> <span m='55830'>I</span> <span m='55900'>used</span> <span m='56080'>to</span> <span m='56150'>work</span> <span m='56340'>with</span> <span m='56530'>had</span> <span m='58030'>a</span> <span m='58120'>lighting</span> <span m='58390'>company,</span> <span m='59820'>got</span> <span m='60020'>into</span> <span m='60200'>IT,</span> <span m='60780'>and</span> <span m='61100'>kind</span> <span m='61270'>of</span> <span m='61390'>recruited</span> <span m='61780'>me</span> <span m='61970'>in.</span> <span m='62220'>So</span> <span m='62430'>he</span> <span m='62520'>knew</span> <span m='62640'>I</span> <span m='62690'>was</span> <span m='62860'>going</span> <span m='62970'>at</span> <span m='63020'>troubleshooting</span> <span m='63520'>problems.</span> <span m='64540'>And</span> <span m='65410'>I</span> <span m='65540'>fell</span> <span m='65830'>into</span> <span m='66070'>it,</span> <span m='66160'>unlike</span> <span m='66470'>a</span> <span m='66520'>lot</span> <span m='66670'>of</span> <span m='66720'>people.</span> </p><p><span m='67250'>I</span> <span m='67340'>didn't</span> <span m='67500'>realize</span> <span m='67800'>how</span> <span m='67950'>hard</span> <span m='68200'>the</span> <span m='68270'>work</span> <span m='68470'>was</span> <span m='68590'>actually</span> <span m='68830'>going</span> <span m='68940'>to</span> <span m='68990'>be,</span> <span m='70370'>and</span> <span m='70510'>how</span> <span m='70650'>much</span> <span m='70850'>you</span> <span m='70950'>have</span> <span m='71060'>to</span> <span m='71160'>continually</span> <span m='71690'>learn</span> <span m='72080'>new</span> <span m='72300'>things.</span> <span m='72640'>You</span> <span m='72730'>have</span> <span m='72920'>to</span> <span m='73020'>stay</span> <span m='73220'>on</span> <span m='73340'>top</span> <span m='73640'>of--</span> <span m='74670'>it's not</span> <span m='74920'>like</span> <span m='75080'>a</span> <span m='75140'>normal</span> <span m='75420'>IT</span> <span m='75700'>path,</span> <span m='75950'>where</span> <span m='76070'>you</span> <span m='76180'>can</span> <span m='76290'>become</span> <span m='76550'>a</span> <span m='76600'>specialist</span> <span m='77000'>in</span> <span m='77130'>one</span> <span m='77390'>thing</span> <span m='79040'>and</span> <span m='79320'>then</span> <span m='79910'>follow</span> <span m='80180'>that</span> <span m='80440'>path.</span> <span m='80830'>You</span> <span m='81020'>have</span> <span m='81170'>to</span> <span m='81500'>be</span> <span m='81640'>a</span> <span m='81700'>master</span> <span m='82110'>of</span> <span m='82200'>all</span> <span m='82370'>trades.</span> <span m='82910'>And</span> <span m='85570'>I</span> <span m='85670'>spend</span> 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