SUNY Jamestown Community College’s cybersecurity program was named one of the nation’s top online associate degree offerings in 2022 by university headquarters.
The university headquarters uses data from three government sources and pay rates from payscale.com to determine its ranking. Ranking factors include tuition, admission rate, retention rate, graduation rate, graduate salary, reputation, and expert opinion, among others.
In addition to a 100% online AS degree, JCC’s Cybersecurity program is also fully available at the Jamestown College and Cattaraugus County campuses. JCC also offers a certificate program in cybersecurity.
Graduates of the associate program are ready to progress to the bachelor’s degree and earn industry certification in computer hardware, system software, networking, and security. JCC has cybersecurity transfer agreements with St. Bonaventure University, Pennsylvania College of Technology, and Franklin University in Columbus, Ohio.
JCC’s Cybersecurity Curriculum was approved by the State University of New York and the New York State Department of Education in Fall 2020 and was rolled out in time for the Spring 2021 semester .
“We are extremely proud of the progress we have made with our cybersecurity opportunities,” said Jean Schrader, JCC’s Dean of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics. “The flexibility of our online and on-campus programs launch our students on a rewarding career path that allows them to transfer to a four-year institution to further their education in cybersecurity, computer science, and technology programs. information, or to search for entry level positions.
Cybersecurity graduates can pursue careers such as information technology technician, network security engineer, and information security analyst, among others.
As the frequency of cyberattacks increases, skilled cybersecurity professionals are in high demand. The Information Systems Security Association recently said that cyberattacks have increased by 63% during the pandemic.
Employment of information security analysts is expected to increase by 33% from 2020 to 2030, according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, and around 3.5 million cybersecurity positions are expected to be vacant in 2025. There are currently over 23,000 cybersecurity-related jobs open. in New York State alone.
“Anyone with cybersecurity experience can find immediate employment,” said Steve Morgan, CEO of Cybersecurity Ventures.
Experienced cybersecurity professionals have a host of lucrative career options. The median annual salary for information security analysts was $103,590 in 2020, according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics.
The pay, upward mobility opportunities, and overall work environment contributed to Information Security Analyst being named the top job in the US News & World Report’s Top 100 Jobs of 2022 ranking.
Those interested in learning more about CCG’s cybersecurity program are encouraged to attend the spring open house events from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on March 26 on the Jamestown campus and from 10 a.m. to noon on April 2 on the campus of Cattaraugus County in Olean, NY
In-person events give students the opportunity to complete their application for admission, learn about scholarships and financial aid, tour campus, learn about support services, and speak with students, current faculty and staff. To visit sunyjcc.edu/openhouse to learn more.