According to the Center for Strategic and International Studies, "A recent CSIS survey of IT decision makers across eight countries found that 82 percent of employers report a shortage of cybersecurity skills, and 71 percent believe this talent gap causes direct and measurable damage to their organizations. According to CyberSeek, an initiative funded by the National Initiative for Cybersecurity Education (NICE), the United States faced a shortfall of almost 314,000 cybersecurity professionals as of January 2019. To put this in context, the country’s total employed cybersecurity workforce is just 716,000. According to data derived from job postings, the number of unfilled cybersecurity jobs has grown by more than 50 percent since 2015.3 By 2022, the global cybersecurity workforce shortage has been projected to reach upwards of 1.8 million unfilled positions."
Furthermore, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, "Employment of computer and information technology occupations is projected to grow 12 percent from 2018 to 2028, much faster than the average for all occupations. These occupations are projected to add about 546,200 new jobs. Demand for these workers will stem from greater emphasis on cloud computing, the collection and storage of big data, and information security."
The NRSC is providing several pathways for students to learn skills needed to pursue a career in Cybersecurity or Information Security related fields. The Cybersecurity High School Curriculum, CyberPatriot, and GenCyber Camps are excellent introductory mediums for Deaf and hard-of-hearing students to begin that pursuit. For more information, please use the menu's links.