Companies are increasingly hiring cybersecurity job applicants who do not have college degrees but do have relevant certificates. The field is growing so fast that there simply aren’t enough degree-holding candidates to fill the positions, so those who have the right certificates have a great chance of getting hired.
Also, in recent years, leading tech companies like Google and Apple have removed four-year degree requirements for many jobs, and other employers have followed suit. All things considered, yes, you can get a job with a cybersecurity certificate.
A cybersecurity certificate prepares you for entry-level jobs in the industry. Yes, some of the higher-paying IT and information security jobs still require a degree, but the certificate provides a foot in the door. Once you’re in, you’ll gain real-world experience that is just as valuable to employers as any degree.
Here are four reasons why you can get a cybersecurity job with a certificate:
- High demand for workers: The Bureau of Labor Statistics says computer and information technology jobs will grow 13% by 2030, faster than the average for all occupations. In fact, BLS says 667,000 IT jobs will be added between 2020 and 2030. Those with certificates will be attractive candidates.
- Cybersecurity isn’t a regulated industry: Cybersecurity doesn’t have a regulatory body governing it, so companies are free to hire anyone they want, including people with certificates instead of a degree. That’s different from an industry like medicine, where a medical degree is an absolute requirement.
- Certifications show knowledge and desire: The people who hire entry-level IT staff care about your ability to do the job, and you can prove that by earning a certificate. Completing the certificate program also shows that you have the desire to learn and that you care about cybersecurity as a career.
- Hiring managers often don’t have degrees: The cybersecurity field has always been open to people without four-year degrees. The profession cares about your skills more than your degree. Plenty of senior-level IT people, including hiring managers, don’t have a cybersecurity-related degree, so they know people can succeed without one because they did it themselves.
Earn your cybersecurity certificate in as little as 48 weeks at Cambridge. The program blends technical instruction with exam prep. You’ll be ready for all these exams:
- ISC2 SSCP
- Certified Ethical Hacker (CEH)
- Certified Internet Webmaster Web Security Associate
- CompTIA Security+
- CompTIA A+
Your course work will include hardware and software fundamentals, digital forensics, network security and much more.
Cambridge’s fully online certificate program equips you with the knowledge employers are looking for in entry-level IT hires. Your career will only grow from there. To talk about your goals and how Cambridge can help you achieve them, call an advisor at 877-206-4279 or contact us online any time.