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What salary can you expect for networking and cyber security?

by Emily Gorsky

** This is an updated post**

With the unprecedented growth of the IT sector, many employers are looking for candidates with highly specific skills in network security, network management and data analysis. Emerging technologies such as blockchain, cloud computing and machine learning come with an increased focus on security—and are generating a high demand for professionals with these unique skills.

According to the LinkedIn Emerging Jobs report for Australia, Cyber Security Specialist is rated number two on their list of the top emerging jobs.  

This is no surprise. The LinkedIn report uses data from its platform to find the fastest-growing jobs around the country. And with the need for qualified professionals increasing in Australia and around the world, Cyber Security Specialists are in high demand.  

But it’s not just cyber security professionals that are in demand. The speed at which technology is evolving is driving demand for IT professionals, as well as tech specialists in other areas.  

So, if you’re looking to join the rapidly expanding IT and cyber security industry, what kind of salary can you expect?  

Salary expectations for the most in-demand IT roles in Australia

When it comes to Information Technology roles, salary is often based upon experience level, qualifications and whether you’re applying for a permanent or contract role. Below, you’ll find a brief overview of the salary expectations for some of the most in-demand IT roles in Australia.

  1. Network Security Administrator: A Network Security Administrator manages and administers security policies and procedures to minimise the risk of security threats within an organisation’s computing network. With the increased focus of security in IT,
    a Security Administrator with less than 4 years’ experience can expect to earn around $63,000 per year
    However, for Network and Cyber Security Specialists with more experience, salaries can reach up to $107,500.  
  2. Network Manager: A Network Manager is responsible for installing and maintaining an organisation’s computer networks, configuring software and offering troubleshooting where required.
    They may also take on leadership roles in managing a team of technical support workers.  
    The salary for a Network Manager starts at around $70,000 per year. But with more experience and additional responsibilities, a Network Manager could earn between $120,000-$130,000 per year.  
  3. Information Security Analyst: Data security is a top priority for organisations of all sizes. In this day and age where cyber attacks are becoming more ingenious and more frequent, companies need to be able to ensure that their data, and their customers’ data, is protected.  
    An Information Security Analyst is responsible for protecting this data. Their job involves scanning for threats and responding to attacks quickly and effectively. They may also be involved in creating strategies around protecting data.  
    An Information Security Analyst with less than four years’ experience can expect to earn around $79,000 per year. As your experience grows, you can expect to earn around $106,000.
  4. Artificial Intelligence Specialist: According to LinkedIn’s report, this is the number one fastest growing job in Australia. And if you’re thinking of branching into the AI field, Australia is one of the best countries you can launch your career in. Australia is making incredible progress when it comes to artificial intelligence and machine learning, and CSIRO’s research on the subject is highly regarded around the world.  
    When it comes to salary expectations, Indeed suggests that a person working as a Machine Learning Engineer can expect to earn around $95,000 per year.  

Do I need a certificate to work in IT or cyber security?

Getting ahead in the IT and cyber security industry means getting qualified. While hands-on experience is also highly sought after, a certification demonstrates technical competence and high-level subject matter expertise.  

In fact, 91% of employers surveyed by CompTIA in a recent report believe IT certifications play a key role in the hiring process, and that IT certifications are a reliable predictor of a successful employee. 

On the flip side, 93% of employers also said that finding the right person for the job was proving to be increasingly difficult. Generally, the biggest challenge that employers face when trying to find people to fill IT and cyber security roles is a lack of training and experience, and a lack of relevant qualifications.  

So you can see from these statistics that a certification can go a long way when you’re looking to launch your career in IT.  

Get the skills to future-proof your careerV

With such a heavy focus on filling the cyber security skills gap, and the need for upskilling in a fluid workforce, now is the perfect time to study cyber security.  

A career in information technology offers incredible opportunities for growth.  

Whether you’re just starting your career in IT or want to grow your existing skillset, Open Colleges’ partnership Certified Security Professional course has been designed to help you develop job-ready skills for the technology industry. 

This course has been developed by AIICT (Australian Institute of ICT) in consultation with industry experts, and it will provide you with three CompTIA certifications. These certifications are accredited by International Organisation for Standardisation and the American National Standards Institute (ISO/ANSI) and cover CompTIA A+, CompTIA Networking+ and CompTIA Security+. 

While this is an online cybersecurity course, there are set start dates. This is because you will be studying alongside a cohort of other students. You can track your progress compared to your cohort, and discuss ideas and challenges with them as you progress through the course. 

Make sure you don’t miss out on our next intake date! 

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