A Burning Glass Technologies review of cybersecurity job postings found the Washington, D.C. area to have around 72 percent of the total 32,000 jobs the company examined, the Washington Post reported Wednesday.
Sarah Halzack writes the report identified at least 23,000 D.C. regional cybersecurity openings in 2013, with Virginia and Maryland among the top six states in terms of the number of said postings and top two on the ratio of jobs to number of residents.
Matt Sigelman, chief executive of Burning Glass, cited job requirements in the government’s and contracting sector as a driver of job opportunities in the capital region.
Sigelman said 56 percent of cyber jobs require the CISSP information security professional certification, according to the Post.
Burning Glass found the professional services sector to have the largest share of the cybersecurity openings, followed by manufacturing, defense, finance and insurance.