Looking for a career? Cybersecurity engineers are in high demand

Courtesy photo. (University of Detroit Mercy)

Cybersecurity is a growing threat, particularly when it comes to vehicles.

Given that, there’s a huge push to add to what is a low workforce when it comes to cybersecurity.

“Without an increase to the workforce now, the cybersecurity risk to DoD and commercial ground vehicles will keep falling further behind the increasing threats from actors in multi-domain contested environments,” said Paul Spadafora, director of professional engineering programs for Detroit Mercy’s College of Engineering & Science.

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of cybersecurity engineers is projected to grow 31% between 2019 to 29, much faster than the average for all occupations. In Michigan, the average pay for cybersecurity engineers in 2019 was $91,750, or $44.11 per hour.

Last year, the University of Detroit Mercy received a $1.12-million award from the United States Department of Defense (DoD) to establish the Metro-Detroit Regional Vehicle Cybersecurity Institute, a regional-based, cybersecurity consortium.

Curriculum for the consortium will be developed with the workforce in mind. It includes associate, undergraduate, graduate and doctoral degrees, stackable graduate certificates, hands-on laboratory training and cybersecurity immersion camps for high school students.

Visit this website to view more information on cybersecurity and what training is available for a potential career.