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Information Security Analysts in

May also be called: Computer Security Specialists; Data Security Administrators; Information Security Engineers; Information Security Officers; Information Security Specialists; Information Systems Security Analysts; and Information Technology Security Analysts

What Would I Do?

Many organizations store all of their information solely on computers, so Information Security Analysts are needed to keep that data safe. Information such as personnel files, client lists, bank account records, and government data needs to be protected from cyberattack.

Information Security Analysts usually work in offices or laboratories in comfortable surroundings. They work about 40 hours a week, but may be required to work some evenings or weekends to meet deadlines or solve specific problems. They may also need to be on call outside of normal business hours in case of an emergency at their organization.

Will This Job Fit Me?

The job of Information Security Analyst may appeal to those who enjoy activities that involve following set procedures and routines. This occupation involves working with data and details more than with ideas. Individuals who value job security and good working conditions may enjoy this occupation.

What Wages and Benefits Can I Expect?

The median wage in 2021 for Information Security Analysts in California is $0 annually. The median is the point at which half of the workers earn more and half earn less.

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Source: EDD/LMID Occupational Employment Statistics Survey, 2021 Wages do not reflect self-employment.
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Information Security Analysts generally receive medical and dental insurance, vacation, sick leave, and retirement plans from their employers.

What is the Job Outlook?

Demand for Information Security Analysts is expected to be very high. Analysts will be needed to come up with innovative solutions to prevent cyberattacks and hackers from stealing critical information or creating havoc on computer networks. In addition, as the healthcare industry expands its use of electronic medical records, more Information Security Analysts are likely to be needed to create the safeguards that will ensure patients’ privacy, protect personal data, and satisfy patients’ concerns.

How Do I Qualify?

A bachelor’s degree in computer science or a related field and several years of information technology or security experience is generally required. Many positions require that the candidate be able to obtain a security clearance. Professional certification has become the industry standard.

Finding a Job

Networking is important in this occupation, since many Information Security Analysts find work through referrals. Jobs can also be found through direct application to employers, newspaper classified advertisements, online job boards, and professional organizations.  Online job opening systems include JobCentral at and CalJOBSSM at

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