While cybersecurity positions are plentiful in most major cities, thousands of cyber positions at all levels are waiting to be filled in less populated and often more scenic locales – and most offer a lower cost of living.
Although larger corporations usually post the most job openings, “you’re most likely to find that you’re working at a smaller company” in these smaller cities, says Tim Herbert, senior vice president of research and market intelligence at CompTIA, the Computing Technology Industry Association. But the tradeoff will be broader responsibilities and more experience, he adds. “In smaller companies you take on more responsibilities with less specialization than in a large enterprise where roles are very well-defined.”
These are the best small to midsized cities for landing a job in the security sector, according to CyberSeek, a new data-driven heat map from CompTIA that provides real-time insight on the cybersecurity job market.