Information Assurance and Cyber Security Degrees in Texas
No doubt about it: Texas is one the best states in the country for cyber security opportunities. With a $1.6 trillion GDP, Texas has the second-largest economy in the country, and one of the most diverse. Oil and energy are perhaps the first industries that come to mind, but aeronautics, defense, information technology and services, healthcare, finance, and tourism all add to Texas’s robust business community. To meet growing demand for trained cyber security professionals, Texas’s colleges and universities are stepping up in a big way: over twenty schools offer programs in the area, the majority of which are CAE-designated.
Cyber Security Jobs in Texas
Texas ranks third in the country for total IS employment, with 7,800 information security analysts earning an annual mean wage of $92,890, on par with the national average. As demand for talent increases, experts expect wages to increase, and there’s already evidence among current job listings: over half pay more than $95k, and about 20% pay over $110k. Though subject to change, San Antonio is the largest employment hub at the moment, with top-tier companies like Lockheed Martin, ManTech International Corporation, Booz Allen Hamilton, and PwC all interested in acquiring cyber security workers. Statewide, potential employers range from IT firms like CDO Technologies, Foreground Security, DXC Technology, and IBM, to major corporations including JP Morgan Chase, Bank of America, Verizon, and Citi.
Cyber Security Degrees in Texas
Two-year associate degrees in cyber security are available at a half-dozen schools, including Del Mar College, Mountain View College, and South Texas College, which offers specializations in Information Security and Digital Forensics.
Of the twenty-four Texas schools with IS degrees, fifteen have certificates in cyber security. Specialization options range from Information Assurance, Network Security, Digital Forensics, Computer Networking, and more.
The University of Texas at San Antonio, Southern Methodist University, and Texas A&M University San Antonio each offer bachelor’s degrees in cyber security. UT San Antonio’s is a BSBA in Cyber Security, with available minors in Cyber Security, Digital Forensics, Information Systems, and Network and Data Center Management.
Six schools offer master’s specializations in cyber security, including University of Houston, Sam Houston State University, University of Dallas, and Our Lady of the Lake University – San Antonio.
Texas is also home to the University of Texas at Austin a school regarded by many to be the top cyber security school in the nation. Programming in cyber security spans three colleges at UT including the College of Business, the College of Engineering, and the College of Sciences. A wide range of degrees from the bachelor’s through doctoral levels are available through UT.