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NETWORK SECURITY ENGINEER: The Air Force Funded College For Me

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Juan, a network security engineer, spends his typical day managing security systems by reviewing logs and making sure there are no significant threats to the system. Juan was in the Air Force for 10 years, which gave him the opportunity to go to college. He tells us that career paths are constantly changing, so you should keep going to school and learning to keep going towards your goals.

School: Community College of the Air Force - City College of San Francisco - University of Maryland - Community College of the Air Force
Job Title: Network 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
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$45,000 - $75,000
Projected job growth
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20 to 30 percent
Typical schedule
Typical schedule
Full-time
Typical workplace
Typical workplace
Office, Remote, Indoor, Military, Home
Personal qualities
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Detail oriented, Problem solving skills, Creativity, Analytical skills, Written communication skills, Teamwork, Technical skills, Organizational skills, Mathematical skills

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m='11510'>I'm</span> <span m='11720'>in.</span> <span m='13580'>So</span> <span m='14000'>I've</span> <span m='14070'>got a</span> <span m='14560'>review</span> <span m='14740'>log</span> <span m='15170'>to make sure</span> <span m='15350'>there's</span> <span m='16400'>no</span> <span m='16910'>events</span> <span m='17410'>that</span> <span m='17530'>might</span> <span m='17830'>have come</span> <span m='18130'>that</span> <span m='18240'>say,</span> <span m='18540'>hey, there's</span> <span m='18730'>an</span> <span m='18870'>error</span> <span m='19210'>with</span> <span m='19430'>either</span> <span m='20090'>a</span> <span m='20210'>connection,</span> <span m='20990'>or</span> <span m='21340'>there's</span> <span m='21570'>an</span> <span m='21660'>alert</span> <span m='22320'>threat</span> <span m='22625'>that you need</span> <span m='22930'>to</span> <span m='23040'>take</span> <span m='23210'>a</span> <span m='23280'>look</span> <span m='23500'>at.</span> <span m='24210'>Typically</span> <span m='24470'>it's</span> <span m='24620'>more</span> <span m='24890'>of</span> <span m='25000'>a</span> <span m='26420'>daily</span> <span m='27670'>threat</span> <span m='28270'>that's</span> <span m='28540'>not</span> <span m='28900'>of</span> <span m='29210'>any</span> <span m='29520'>significance.</span> <span m='30010'>Somebody</span> <span m='30270'>might</span> <span m='30470'>have</span> <span m='30940'>changed</span> <span m='31220'>the</span> <span m='31290'>file.</span> <span m='31920'>You</span> <span m='32030'>review</span> <span m='32390'>it.</span> <span m='32560'>It was</span> <span m='32700'>approved</span> <span m='33250'>or</span> <span m='33350'>not</span> <span m='33520'>approved.</span> <span m='34292'>And</span> <span m='34680'>that's</span> <span m='34870'>a</span> <span m='34940'>typical</span> <span m='35350'>day</span> <span m='35630'>usually--</span> <span m='36140'>but</span> <span m='36470'>constantly</span> <span m='37380'>changing.</span> <span m='38690'>With</span> <span m='38860'>the</span> <span m='39180'>way</span> <span m='39550'>that</span> <span m='39850'>threats</span> <span m='40300'>change</span> <span m='40970'>on</span> <span m='41820'>the</span> <span m='42430'>internet</span> <span m='42810'>right</span> <span m='43050'>now,</span> <span m='43340'>it's</span> <span m='43590'>a</span> <span m='43730'>constant</span> <span m='45050'>management,</span> <span m='45850'>making</span> <span m='46270'>sure</span> <span m='46450'>that</span> <span m='46780'>applications</span> <span m='47560'>and</span> <span m='47680'>systems</span> <span m='48070'>are</span> <span m='48220'>up-to-date</span> <span m='48900'>with</span> <span m='49130'>whatever</span> <span m='49520'>definition</span> <span m='50880'>or</span> <span m='51000'>virus</span> <span m='51540'>definition</span> <span m='52150'>files,</span> <span m='52480'>or</span> <span m='52630'>any</span> <span m='52790'>other</span> <span m='52980'>type</span> <span m='53170'>of</span> <span m='53380'>a</span> <span m='54160'>system</span> <span m='54590'>updates</span> <span m='55030'>that</span> <span m='55110'>might</span> <span m='55570'>require,</span> <span m='55900'>as</span> <span m='56030'>well.</span> <span m='56800'>As</span> <span m='57150'>well</span> <span m='57270'>as</span> <span m='57400'>any</span> <span m='57680'>other</span> <span m='58380'>work that is</span> <span m='59130'>passed</span> <span m='59420'>down to you.</span> </p><p><span m='60750'>I</span> <span m='61020'>actually</span> <span m='61510'>started</span> <span m='61870'>out</span> <span m='62030'>in</span> <span m='62110'>the</span> <span m='62230'>Air</span> <span m='62340'>Force,</span> <span m='62890'>so</span> <span m='63140'>I</span> <span m='63620'>was</span> <span m='63740'>active,</span> <span m='64030'>did</span> <span m='64220'>10</span> <span m='64420'>years</span> <span m='64680'>in</span> <span m='64750'>the Air Force.</span> <span m='65700'>The</span> <span m='66110'>reason</span> <span m='66450'>that I</span> <span m='66520'>did</span> <span m='66690'>that</span> <span m='66880'>is</span> <span m='66980'>because</span> <span m='67060'>I</span> <span m='67200'>didn't</span> <span m='67280'>have</span> <span m='67440'>the</span> <span m='67540'>opportunity</span> <span m='68050'>to</span> <span m='68200'>go</span> <span m='68510'>to college</span> <span m='68740'>directly</span> <span m='69230'>after</span> <span m='70000'>high</span> <span m='70180'>school.</span> <span m='71060'>So</span> <span m='71070'>I</span> <span m='71160'>chose</span> <span m='71480'>the</span> <span m='71540'>military</span> <span m='72060'>to</span> <span m='72320'>take</span> <span m='72990'>that</span> <span m='73220'>path.</span> <span m='74320'>I</span> <span m='74420'>was</span> <span m='74540'>given</span> <span m='74670'>the</span> <span m='74770'>opportunity</span> <span m='75170'>to</span> <span m='75290'>travel</span> <span m='75620'>throughout</span> <span m='75890'>the</span> <span m='75960'>world,</span> <span m='76400'>so</span> <span m='76500'>I</span> <span m='76600'>did</span> <span m='76700'>that</span> <span m='77210'>for</span> <span m='77670'>10</span> <span m='77920'>years.</span> <span m='79030'>Was</span> <span m='79150'>stationed</span> <span m='79510'>in</span> <span m='79570'>Japan,</span> <span m='80360'>in</span> <span m='80480'>Europe.</span> <span m='81820'>Got</span> <span m='81990'>to</span> <span m='82080'>visit</span> <span m='82460'>some</span> <span m='82900'>nice</span> <span m='83100'>places</span> <span m='83410'>and</span> <span m='83530'>some</span> <span m='83610'>not-so-nice</span> <span m='84260'>places.</span> <span m='85420'>And</span> <span m='85560'>then</span> <span m='86050'>once</span> <span m='86380'>my</span> <span m='87475'>contract</span> <span m='87950'>or</span> <span m='88060'>my</span> <span m='88470'>commitment</span> <span m='89020'>came</span> <span m='89230'>up, I</span> <span m='89490'>decided</span> <span m='89910'>I'm</span> <span m='90040'>done,</span> <span m='90850'>and</span> <span m='91310'>went</span> <span m='91520'>to</span> <span m='91620'>college</span> <span m='92000'>after</span> <span m='92290'>that.</span> <span m='93410'>After</span> <span m='93770'>I</span> <span m='93960'>left</span> <span m='94230'>college--</span> <span m='94910'>graduated--</span> <span m='96060'>I</span> <span m='96510'>was</span> <span m='96660'>picked</span> <span m='96900'>up</span> <span m='97000'>by a</span> <span m='97150'>company.</span> <span m='98790'>And</span> <span m='99310'>worked</span> <span m='99490'>there</span> <span m='99620'>for</span> <span m='99780'>a few</span> <span m='99870'>years,</span> <span m='100210'>and</span> <span m='100280'>then</span> <span m='100660'>progressively--</span> <span m='101760'>I</span> <span m='101900'>started</span> <span m='102210'>at</span> <span m='102320'>the</span> <span m='102390'>bottom--</span> <span m='103410'>and</span> <span m='103580'>then</span> <span m='103940'>progressively</span> <span m='104370'>moved</span> <span m='104550'>my</span> <span m='104630'>way</span> <span m='104900'>up</span> <span m='106020'>throughout</span> <span m='106240'>my</span> <span m='106340'>career</span> <span m='107523'>to where I'm</span> <span m='108016'>at right now.</span> </p><p><span m='108510'>Do</span> <span m='108940'>not</span> <span m='109200'>sit</span> <span m='109390'>on</span> <span m='109520'>your</span> <span m='109610'>laurels.</span> <span m='110090'>It's</span> <span m='110220'>a</span> <span m='110300'>constantly</span> <span m='111010'>changing</span> <span m='113090'>career</span> <span m='113560'>path.</span> <span m='115050'>You've</span> <span m='115420'>got</span> <span m='115660'>to</span> <span m='115720'>keep</span> <span m='115930'>going</span> <span m='116140'>to</span> <span m='116200'>school.</span> <span m='117190'>I'm</span> <span m='117370'>currently</span> <span m='117770'>going</span> <span m='118000'>to</span> <span m='118070'>school</span> <span m='118390'>right</span> <span m='118610'>now--</span> <span m='118870'>again--</span> <span m='120050'>working</span> <span m='120370'>on</span> <span m='120490'>a</span> <span m='120530'>third</span> <span m='120820'>degree.</span> <span m='121960'>And</span> <span m='122330'>planning</span> <span m='122600'>to</span> <span m='122650'>go</span> <span m='122800'>back,</span> <span m='124260'>maybe</span> <span m='124820'>changing</span> <span m='125130'>up</span> <span m='125220'>my</span> <span m='125330'>career</span> <span m='125650'>path,</span> <span m='126140'>but</span> <span m='126280'>in</span> <span m='126400'>a</span> <span m='126440'>different</span> <span m='126740'>direction.</span> <span m='127150'>I'm</span> <span m='127310'>not</span> <span m='127500'>sure</span> <span m='127740'>yet,</span> <span m='128120'>so</span> <span m='128660'>we'll</span> <span m='128850'>see</span> <span m='129009'>where</span> <span m='129120'>that</span> <span m='129380'>takes</span> <span m='129650'>me.</span> <span m='131090'>The</span> <span m='131180'>way</span> <span m='131340'>technology</span> <span m='131970'>works</span> <span m='132310'>is</span> <span m='132410'>you</span> <span m='132510'>can't</span> <span m='133930'>sit</span> <span m='134200'>on</span> <span m='134350'>your</span> <span m='134450'>laurels</span> <span m='134990'>of</span> <span m='135100'>achievement,</span> <span m='135690'>whether</span> <span m='135980'>it's</span> <span m='136140'>at</span> <span m='136250'>work</span> <span m='136640'>or</span> <span m='136760'>in</span> <span m='136850'>school.</span> <span m='137510'>It's</span> <span m='137920'>evolving</span> <span m='138570'>and</span> <span m='139010'>you're</span> <span m='139260'>working</span> <span m='139830'>with</span> <span m='140040'>others</span> <span m='140450'>to</span> <span m='140540'>be</span> <span m='140640'>able</span> <span m='140760'>to</span> <span m='140860'>change</span> <span m='141340'>the</span> <span m='141733'>future.</span> <span m='142520'>And</span> <span m='142980'>that's</span> <span m='143190'>really</span> <span m='143380'>what</span> <span m='143530'>it's</span> <span m='143670'>all</span> <span m='143760'>about.</span> <span m='144290'>It</span> <span m='144660'>keeps</span> <span m='144970'>you</span> <span m='146190'>focused</span> <span m='146880'>on</span> <span m='147260'>what</span> <span m='147490'>your</span> <span m='147660'>goals</span> <span m='148030'>are.</span> <span m='148630'>If</span> <span m='148740'>you're</span> <span m='148840'>not</span> <span m='149090'>focused,</span> <span m='149560'>then</span> <span m='149640'>you're</span> <span m='149750'>not</span> <span m='149960'>going</span> <span m='150080'>to</span> <span m='150290'>be</span> <span m='150390'>able</span> <span m='150520'>to</span> <span m='150600'>complete</span> <span m='151490'>whatever</span> <span m='152150'>task</span> <span m='152600'>is given</span> <span m='152925'>to you,</span> <span m='153760'>or</span> <span m='153870'>even</span> <span m='154040'>your</span> <span m='154200'>own</span> <span m='154350'>goals.</span> </p>","file":{"id":370902,"video_id":"3323931434001","name":"2218-Juan-SecurityEngineer","duration":156039,"thumbnail_url":null}});