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NETWORK SECURITY ENGINEER, IN-DEPTH: From Farm to Behind A Computer

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Juan, a network security engineer, describes the challenges of his job, what he likes most, his key decisions, how difficult getting into the industry is, and work-life balance. He tells us that he was motivated to seek higher education because he worked in the orchards with his family when he was young, and he sought a way out of that life.

School: Community College of the Air Force - Community College of the Air Force - City College of San Francisco - University of Maryland
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.

On-the-Job Training

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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
Projected Job Growth
20 to 30 percent
Typical schedule
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Full-time
Typical workplace
Typical workplace
Office, Remote, Indoor, Military, Home
Personal qualities
Personal Qualities
Detail oriented, Problem solving skills, Creativity, Analytical skills, Written communication skills, Teamwork, Technical skills, Organizational skills, Mathematical skills

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<span m='11230'>better</span> <span m='11590'>by either</span> <span m='12060'>taking</span> <span m='12380'>some</span> <span m='12590'>sort</span> <span m='12820'>of</span> <span m='12930'>other</span> <span m='13100'>vendor's</span> <span m='13770'>product</span> <span m='14115'>and</span> <span m='14460'>integrating</span> <span m='15520'>with</span> <span m='15690'>our</span> <span m='15890'>own</span> <span m='16160'>systems.</span> </p><p><span m='17550'>Or</span> <span m='20020'>just</span> <span m='20200'>being</span> <span m='20380'>part</span> <span m='20950'>of</span> <span m='21160'>a</span> <span m='21230'>constantly</span> <span m='21720'>changing</span> <span m='22180'>world.</span> <span m='22530'>Because</span> <span m='22590'>it's</span> <span m='22670'>ambiguous</span> <span m='23410'>inside</span> <span m='24100'>the</span> <span m='24660'>technology</span> <span m='25230'>field.</span> <span m='25560'>So</span> <span m='25770'>it's</span> <span m='26110'>a</span> <span m='26200'>constant-changing--</span> <span m='26620'>and</span> <span m='26930'>that's</span> <span m='27130'>part,</span> <span m='27330'>I</span> <span m='27560'>think,</span> <span m='28280'>is</span> <span m='29170'>it's</span> <span m='29460'>not</span> <span m='29630'>all</span> <span m='29780'>the</span> <span m='29860'>same.</span> <span m='30260'>It's</span> <span m='30450'>always</span> <span m='30670'>different</span> <span m='30950'>every</span> <span m='31100'>day.</span> </p><p><span m='31840'>The</span> <span m='31930'>most</span> <span m='32159'>challenging</span> <span m='32600'>thing</span> <span m='32965'>is</span> <span m='33220'>trying</span> <span m='33420'>to</span> <span m='33500'>keep</span> <span m='33790'>up</span> <span m='33950'>with</span> <span m='34130'>all</span> <span m='34320'>the</span> <span m='34440'>changes.</span> <span m='35450'>That's</span> <span m='35670'>the</span> <span m='35740'>most</span> <span m='35940'>challenging</span> <span m='36320'>because</span> <span m='36520'>it's</span> <span m='36630'>a</span> <span m='36700'>constant</span> <span m='37230'>battle</span> <span m='38410'>with</span> <span m='39330'>trying</span> <span m='39770'>to</span> <span m='39980'>balance</span> <span m='40380'>your</span> <span m='40530'>life</span> <span m='41260'>with</span> <span m='42370'>your</span> <span m='42500'>work,</span> <span m='43050'>as</span> <span m='43300'>well</span> <span m='43510'>as</span> <span m='43610'>your</span> <span m='43890'>learning</span> <span m='44700'>path</span> <span m='45070'>and</span> <span m='45240'>your</span> <span m='45370'>career</span> <span m='45710'>path.</span> <span m='46070'>So</span> <span m='46240'>it's</span> <span m='46950'>a</span> <span m='47000'>constant</span> <span m='47410'>challenge.</span> </p><p><span m='48310'>I</span> <span m='48650'>would</span> <span m='48820'>say,</span> <span m='49980'>I</span> <span m='50100'>actually,</span> <span m='50420'>my</span> <span m='50550'>family,</span> <span m='50920'>actually,</span> <span m='51220'>had</span> <span m='51420'>to</span> <span m='51490'>work</span> <span m='51680'>in</span> <span m='51760'>the</span> <span m='51840'>fields.</span> <span m='52330'>And</span> <span m='52480'>I</span> <span m='52540'>got</span> <span m='52690'>to</span> <span m='52770'>work</span> <span m='52950'>with</span> <span m='53050'>them</span> <span m='53170'>in</span> <span m='53240'>the</span> <span m='53320'>fields</span> <span m='53780'>in</span> <span m='54450'>the</span> <span m='54540'>orchards.</span> <span m='56340'>I</span> <span m='56500'>did</span> <span m='56660'>that</span> <span m='56840'>for</span> <span m='56950'>a</span> <span m='56990'>few</span> <span m='57170'>years</span> <span m='57460'>when</span> <span m='57550'>I</span> <span m='57590'>was</span> <span m='57730'>younger.</span> <span m='58110'>And</span> <span m='58230'>after</span> <span m='58500'>that,</span> <span m='58930'>and</span> <span m='59640'>that's</span> <span m='59860'>really what</span> <span m='60130'>was</span> <span m='60280'>the</span> <span m='60350'>deciding</span> <span m='60700'>factor</span> <span m='61010'>in</span> <span m='61100'>high</span> <span m='61320'>school</span> <span m='62250'>to</span> <span m='62390'>actually</span> <span m='62700'>make</span> <span m='62920'>a</span> <span m='62990'>change</span> <span m='63450'>and</span> <span m='63760'>work</span> <span m='64550'>towards</span> <span m='64930'>something</span> <span m='65379'>other</span> <span m='65610'>than</span> <span m='67390'>being</span> <span m='67650'>part</span> <span m='69150'>of</span> <span m='69310'>what</span> <span m='69530'>society,</span> <span m='70080'>I</span> <span m='70270'>guess,</span> <span m='70500'>considers</span> <span m='71590'>the</span> <span m='71790'>invisible</span> <span m='72280'>people</span> <span m='72690'>where</span> <span m='73280'>all</span> <span m='73460'>you're</span> <span m='73550'>doing</span> <span m='73800'>is</span> <span m='73910'>bringing</span> <span m='74170'>food</span> <span m='74440'>to</span> <span m='74540'>other</span> <span m='74690'>people's</span> <span m='75060'>tables.</span> </p><p><span m='77790'>It</span> <span m='77970'>is</span> <span m='78140'>not</span> <span m='78390'>hard.</span> <span m='79270'>I</span> <span m='79380'>can</span> <span m='79540'>tell</span> <span m='79710'>you</span> <span m='79830'>that.</span> <span m='80260'>There</span> <span m='81080'>are--</span> <span m='81360'>I'm</span> <span m='81560'>constantly</span> <span m='82060'>being</span> <span m='82270'>recruited.</span> </p><p><span m='83800'>What</span> <span m='83990'>the</span> <span m='84100'>challenges</span> <span m='84580'>are</span> <span m='84820'>is that</span> <span m='85050'>there</span> <span m='85240'>are</span> <span m='85380'>so</span> <span m='85540'>many</span> <span m='85720'>other</span> <span m='85820'>people</span> <span m='86130'>that</span> <span m='86900'>are</span> <span m='87300'>always</span> <span m='87750'>developing</span> <span m='88270'>themselves,</span> <span m='88810'>as</span> <span m='89040'>well,</span> <span m='89790'>that</span> <span m='89920'>you're</span> <span m='90060'>competing</span> <span m='90640'>with</span> <span m='90820'>people</span> <span m='91210'>that</span> <span m='91470'>are</span> <span m='91750'>on</span> <span m='91820'>the</span> <span m='91870'>same</span> <span m='92160'>level</span> <span m='92400'>or</span> <span m='92630'>at a</span> <span m='92650'>higher</span> <span m='92940'>level</span> <span m='93540'>or</span> <span m='93910'>more</span> <span m='94110'>experienced</span> <span m='94610'>than</span> <span m='94750'>you.</span> <span m='94920'>So</span> <span m='95580'>it's</span> <span m='95800'>always</span> <span m='96350'>a</span> <span m='96860'>challenge</span> <span m='97550'>with</span> <span m='97790'>competing</span> <span m='98340'>with</span> <span m='98610'>other</span> <span m='98880'>people. But</span> <span m='99350'>there's</span> <span m='99550'>always</span> <span m='99880'>jobs</span> <span m='100210'>out</span> <span m='100380'>there</span> <span m='100620'>in this</span> <span m='101015'>field.</span> </p><p><span m='101410'>I</span> <span m='101530'>would</span> <span m='101760'>have</span> <span m='101940'>to</span> <span m='102030'>say</span> <span m='102190'>it's</span> <span m='102320'>about</span> <span m='102550'>a</span> <span m='102600'>30,</span> <span m='103000'>30,</span> <span m='103360'>30.</span> <span m='103810'>So</span> <span m='104670'>30%</span> <span m='105200'>of</span> <span m='105250'>my</span> <span m='105380'>time</span> <span m='105690'>is</span> <span m='105800'>dedicated</span> <span m='106430'>to</span> <span m='107150'>schooling.</span> <span m='107720'>30%</span> <span m='108360'>is</span> <span m='108880'>for</span> <span m='108990'>work</span> <span m='109300'>because</span> <span m='110110'>work</span> <span m='110320'>understands</span> <span m='110595'>that</span> <span m='110870'>in</span> <span m='111030'>order</span> <span m='111200'>to</span> <span m='113220'>keep</span> <span m='113490'>a happy</span> <span m='113620'>employee,</span> <span m='113850'>I</span> <span m='114110'>have to</span> <span m='114200'>stay</span> <span m='116530'>committed</span> <span m='117020'>to</span> <span m='117150'>them,</span> <span m='117480'>as</span> <span m='117660'>well</span> <span m='117870'>as</span> <span m='117970'>to</span> <span m='118110'>whatever</span> <span m='118470'>else</span> <span m='118690'>that</span> <span m='118820'>I</span> <span m='118930'>have</span> <span m='119120'>committed.</span> <span m='119610'>And the</span> <span m='119820'>other</span> <span m='119940'>30%</span> <span m='120280'>is</span> <span m='120590'>to</span> <span m='120720'>life</span> <span m='121000'>balance.</span> <span m='122590'>So</span> <span m='122820'>I</span> <span m='123130'>try</span> <span m='123280'>to</span> <span m='123340'>keep</span> <span m='123550'>a</span> <span m='123610'>pretty</span> <span m='123810'>well-balanced</span> <span m='124420'>life.</span> <span m='125650'>The</span> <span m='125740'>other</span> <span m='126140'>10%,</span> <span m='126640'>I've</span> <span m='126770'>got</span> <span m='126890'>to</span> <span m='126950'>sleep, so--</span> <span m='127250'>[CHUCKLE]</span> </p>","file":{"id":370901,"video_id":"3323803324001","name":"2219-Juan-SecurityEngineer2 In-depth","duration":128918,"thumbnail_url":null}});