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Job Prospects With a Master's Degree in Security Management

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A master's degree in security management will prepare you for diverse opportunities in this fast-growing field. Whether you're currently working in the security sector and looking for the next step or considering a career switch, a master's degree can help accelerate your career. These are some of the most sought-after security positions requiring advanced education and training.

Information Security Analyst

As cyber attacks become more prevalent, information security analysts are tasked with protecting the security of computer networks and systems within an organization. The need for information security analysts is especially urgent in health care, national defense, and other areas in which system hacking carries dire consequences. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), these professionals earn a median annual salary of more than $92,600. Opportunities in this field are expected to grow by at least 28 percent by 2026, much faster than average growth across all occupations.

Security Management Specialist

These professionals are responsible for developing and implementing security measures and protocols for various industries, including finance, health care, retail, and countless other areas. Although it isn't necessary to have a master's degree to seek employment in this field, having an advanced education will set you apart from other applicants. The BLS reports that security management specialists earn a median annual salary of $69,040 per year.

Risk Management Specialist

Individuals who specialize in risk management help organizations, businesses, and government agencies analyze their level of financial risk. This involves tracking data to determine the cost associated with security breaches, poor investments, and other pitfalls. Most employers prefer candidates with a master's degree since risk management specialists help executives make important decisions that affect the company's future. In this role, the median annual salary is $69,470 according to data from the BLS.

Homeland Security Official

A master's degree in security management can prepare you to work for the United States Department of Homeland Security, the agency tasked with protecting U.S. transit systems, airspace, borders, and computer systems from attacks. Those who work for this agency can specialize in physical, information, transportation, and government security as well as other areas. According to federalpay.org, the average Homeland Security executive salary is $115,316.25 per year.

Get on the path to these exciting, lucrative careers with the Master of Professional Studies in Security Management program at Tulane School of Professional Advancement. This degree is entirely online, which allows you to earn a master's on your own time. Learn more about our admissions process and request information to take the next step.

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