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Cybersecurity Job Outlook

Rising Challenges Are Poised to Fuel Cybersecurity Employment Growth

Growing Career Field

Impressive Salaries

Cybercrime could cause an estimated $9.5 trillion of damages in 2024 alone.1 As these threats rise, organizations will need more professionals well-versed in cybersecurity — and you can prepare for these roles at the Middlebury Institute of International Studies.

Our online MS in Cybersecurity program instills technical and analytical competencies for career opportunities across this field. The courses also delve into policy and governance, providing a holistic education that appeals to entry-level and seasoned professionals alike.

  • Prepare to attain CompTIA and ISC2 certification after graduation
  • Learn from experienced faculty with deep ties to the cybersecurity industry
  • Gain hands-on experience with emerging technologies
  • Make connections with members of our growing alumni network

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Discover Four Career Paths in Cybersecurity

Information Security Analyst $112,000 median annual salary2

Cyber Operations Analyst $91,696 average annual salary3

Cybersecurity Specialist $111,219 average annual salary4

Data Security Officer $96,617 average annual salary5

Meet the Urgent Need for Cybersecurity Analysts

A 2023 study found the global workforce needs nearly 4 million additional cybersecurity professionals to confront the challenges organizations face today.6 Our online MS in Cybersecurity program prepares you to help meet that demand by studying technologies, decision-making processes, and policies relevant to this field.

In addition to providing hands-on experience, our online program imparts the ethical and social acumen that cybersecurity leaders need today. You’ll also receive mentorship and access networking opportunities while taking classes — with our proximity to Silicon Valley, you can connect with alumni in the tech sector.

Program Outcomes and Skills Acquired

What You’ll Learn

Curriculum Details

Skills You’ll Gain

  • Threat analysis
  • Cybersecurity program design
  • Incident response
  • Infrastructure security
  • Policy analysis
  • Security architecture

Career Services

The Middlebury Institute of International Studies is committed to helping our students and alumni succeed both in their degree programs and professionally. We offer lifelong support through the Center for Advising and Career Services. By combining career and academic advising, we help you ensure your studies align with your professional goals. Explore some of our available services below.

Career Management Platform

We use Handshake to house career resources, an employer directory, and listings for job opportunities.

Alumni Network

We have a large network of alumni–more than 22,000 worldwide–who are passionate about connecting graduates with resources and opportunities in California, Washington, D.C., and beyond.


Our career and academic advisors offer personalized support to help you choose the right courses, prepare for job interviews, and more.


The Center for Advising and Career Services hosts workshops, information sessions, career fairs, and other events designed to connect you with future employers.


  1. Esentire. 2023 Official Cybercrime Report. Retrieved March 14, 2024, from
  2. Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, “Information Security Analysts.” Retrieved March 14, 2024, from
  3. “Cyber Operations Analyst Salaries in the United States.” Retrieved March 14, 2024, from
  4. “Cybersecurity Specialist Salaries in the United States.” Retrieved March 14, 2024, from
  5. Payscale. “Average Data Security Officer Salary.” Retrieved March 14, 2024, from
  6. ISC2. How the Economy, Skills Gap and Artificial Intelligence Are Challenging the Global Cybersecurity Workforce. Retrieved March 14, 2024, from
  7. ISACA. “Track These 7 Trends for Proactive Cybersecurity in 2024.” Retrieved March 14, 2024, from
  8. Forbes. “Cybersecurity Salary Guide: How Much Can You Earn?” Retrieved March 14, 2024, from