Washington DC named as best city for cybersecurity jobs

Washington DC has been named the best city for cybersecurity jobs thanks to its many job opportunities and high average salaries.

Techshielder has analysed several metrics including average salary, job availability and cost of living to find the best place to live for cybersecurity experts as well as the most in-demand skills to learn in 2021. The main findings were:

  • Washington D.C, US has been named the best city for cybersecurity jobs thanks to its many job opportunities and high average salary while London only ranks in 8th 
  • Singapore has the highest job availability for cybersecurity professional 
  • Cybersecurity experts in Luxembourg earn the highest salaries
  • Networking, threats intelligence and compliance have all been named as the most in-demand skills 

Cybersecurity is an ever-growing field. Every day, the world relies more and more on technology and, as a result, our digital security is becoming more important than ever. With cyber-attacks on the rise, cybersecurity jobs remain in high demand worldwide, and that number is set to grow. The good news is that if you have the right skills, then you are in demand.

It may not come as a surprise that Washington D.C sits at the top of the ranking — the capital is the headquarters of government agencies that employ many cybersecurity professionals. 

Scoring a total score of 17.58, the city ranks second for job availability for those looking to work in the cybersecurity sector, balanced with the high average salary of £84,628 this city is a great contender for those looking to work in the industry.

Singapore comes in second place. The southeastern Asia city has the highest job availability out of all the cities examined. However, the average salary of £55,577 and the high cost of living of £3,267 brings it down.

London only ranks 8th, losing points because of its lower salary compared to other cities and the high cost of living, the city fails to make the top 5.

Recent graduates and any job seekers looking for a new role can increase their chances of getting hired by looking for cities with the largest number of job openings.

Techshielder analysed the amount of cybersecurity-related jobs available on Indeed and Glassdoor to reveal the cities with the most cybersecurity jobs.

Singapore comes in first place with a job availability of 10, this is followed by Washington D.C and London rounds of the top three (7.17 and 5.30 job availability scores respectively).

At the other end of the scale, we have Islamabad in Pakistan, where the research found there is very limited opportunity for those in the field. Scoring a job availability score of just 1.01 this city has the fewest number of jobs available for cybersecurity professionals.

 Lasse Walstad, cofounder at Techshielder said: “ The world of cybersecurity is booming right now and with the field continuing to grow, cybersecurity jobs are in high demand.

If you are looking to relocate for a job, it’s important to take in many factors such as the cost of living and your expected salary, as all of these play a role in how suitable the role is for you.

The idea of starting your life in a new city might be intimidating, but you may find that with the right job, moving can also be life-changing.

The cities we mentioned aren’t the only places, however, they do represent the best opportunities that await cybersecurity professionals.”

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