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Overview of Schools and IT vs Cyber Security

Information technology and cyber security do share some characteristics. However, the aim of each type of degree program is different. In IT, you create information systems to help an organization store and send data. With cyber security, you create software and tools that help you to protect the data stored on your organization’s servers, computers, or in the cloud.

An IT specialist is responsible for ensuring that data can be efficiently stored, shared, or made accessible to another party or company. This specialist also possesses analytical and critical thinking skills to determine a solution should a systems disruption stop the flow. A cyber security professional keeps company information and data secure from hacking or theft.

Is it Worth Getting a Degree in this Field?

Is earning a cyber security degree worth the effort? Definitely. Looking at it from a numbers perspective, consider that, in 2021, there will be 3.5 million unfilled cyber security positions. Another 380,000 reasons why this is a highly attractive field to enter: at the high end of the salary scale, a Chief Information Security Officer may potentially earn $380,000—this is more than a quarter of a million dollars!

By 2021, hackers will try to steal information 6 trillion times. Yes, that is a “t.” Hackers are trying to access government agencies, such as the FBI. They are also trying to access customer information from well-known companies like Target and Equifax.

Earning an advanced (master’s or doctoral) degree in cyber security widens your employment options. A good cyber security master’s program shows you how an organization is managed, and you’ll learn how executives make their decisions.

A few reasons to commit to a master’s degree in cyber security:

  • You’ll have job security.

  • Your salary will be about 9% higher than basic IT professionals.

  • The cyber security field is growing much faster than other job sectors.

  • Your career will more than pay for the costs of your education.

  • In a cyber security master’s program, you’ll learn about management and leadership.

  • Cyber security degree programs across the country strive for flexibility.

  • You can benefit from financial incentives, even as a student.

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Medical Laboratory Technician

Starting salary around $20-22/hour. Average salary in WA state for a Medical Laboratory Technician: $51,005

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Certified AEDF Technician

After working as a technician for just five years, technicians have the ability to earn over $100,000 per year.
Established in 1919, Associated Equipment Distributors (AED) is an international trade association based in Schaumburg, IL, representing over 800 construction equipment distributors, manufacturers and industry-service firms. AED members sell, service and rent equipment to such markets as heavy and light construction, mining, agriculture, forestry, aggregates, engines and industrial. Established in 1991 and directed by AED members, The AED Foundation addresses professional education and workforce development in the industry. This includes AED Accreditation of diesel-equipment technology college programs.
The AED Foundation
650 E Algonquin Rd., Ste 305
Schaumburg, IL 60173




A common misconception about the Army is that Soldiers are trained only for combat situations, and are ill prepared for jobs in the civilian world. While it’s true that the Army prepares each and every Soldier with the tools and abilities to defend the country in times of need, it also prepares them for much more.
In fact, the U.S. Army is one of the most diverse career training institutions in the United States, with support for thousands of jobs in more than 150 career fields. Through the Army Medical Department alone, a Soldier could train to become a family doctor, a dentist, a nurse, a veterinarian, or a surgeon among a plethora of other medical specialties. Are you interested in law, computer programming, logistics, public affairs, aviation, or financial managing? The Army provides training for all of those careers and many, many more.
Complete the following survey to let us know what you’re interested in doing for your future career:
SSG Toro Asencio, Alvin E.
U.S. Army Moses Lake Recruiting Station
Cell: (509) 385-3585

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