Agencies, contractors need 30,000 soldiers for ‘cyber tech army’

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An employee sits at his computer terminal within the National Operations Center (NOC) at the Department of Homeland Security in Washington, DC, February 2, 2015. (Photo Credit: JIM WATSON/AFP/Getty Images)

Career adviser website Paysa has published a blog post looking at the tens of thousands of openings nationwide for software and hardware engineers in a growing field it’s calling a “cyber tech army.”

Nearly 4,000 jobs around Washington, D.C., and 30,000 nationwide are available to fulfill cybersecurity and weapons engineering contract work, according to a new Paysa study.

Reacting to the Trump administration’s push to scale up network security and military hardware, both government and the private sector are looking to fill roles dedicated to the design, test data and integration of digital and physical defense technologies.

According to data as of Paysa’s Feb. 9 blog post, base cyber engineering salaries begin around $82,000, and it’s not Ivy League schools sending the most tech graduates into the market. Top schools include the University of Maryland College Park, University of Phoenix, Western Governors University, George Mason University, Strayer University, Capella University, DeVry University, Rochester Institute of Technology, Colorado Technical University and Penn State University.

Connected devices are among the challenges and opportunities new hires are finding in the increasingly digitized world. Firms dealing with means to secure the internet of things and cloud technology for citizens, the government and private institutions are flourishing. Even old-school companies are hosting hack-a-thons and other types of Silicon Valley start-up behavior, according to Paysa research.

Paysa says every major company is beefing up its own internal cybersecurity, and firms such as Symantec Corp., Palo Alto Networks Inc., FireEye Inc., Cisco Systems Inc. and others stand to benefit from America’s revamped national defense strategy.

Leading the highly secretive cyber program contract market, however, is Northrop Grumman, at least according to analysts at RBC Capital Markets. Others holding major portfolios in the cyber products and services market, including capabilities built into weapons platforms, include General Dynamics Corp., Lockheed Martin Corp. as well as the government IT players like Leidos Holdings Inc., Booz Allen Hamilton Inc. and CACI International Inc.

The entire blog post can be read on Paysa’s website.