• Jonathan Mentor

How to Break into a Cyber Career

Do you wish you had a better income? Had a more exciting job? Had more control over your work environment? If so, a career in cyber science may be just what you are looking for.

With all the recent social and economic challenges, job security is more important than ever before. More and more people are working from home via the internet and cyber technologies. Jobs that support these technologies are high paying and in high demand.

It is not as difficult as you might think to break into a cyber career. If you are unemployed, underemployed, or simply want to make a career change, you have many accessible and affordable options. State and private vocational schools offer specific training programs that prepare you for entry-level positions in as little as three months. Online programs offer "Bootcamp education" that is industry-focused and can be completed in as little as one month (24 hours training in total). In view of our shifting job landscape, remote training as well as remote career opportunities are available in lucrative fields of cyber science.

Web Development

Web developers design, create and implement websites on the internet. They are involved in all aspects of websites—including how the website looks, how quickly it loads, and how secure it is.

You first need to decide what aspect interests you the most.

  • Are you interested in front-end development (what the website user sees) or back-end development (how the website operates)? These two aspects are also referred to as client-side and server-side.

  • If you choose front-end (client-side), you will work with languages such as HTML, CSS and JavaScript to create beautiful, interesting and easy to use websites.

  • If you choose back-end (server-side), you will use languages such as Python and Ruby to make the website features operate quickly and correctly.

  • Don't be intimidated by the need to learn a computer language. Computer languages are simply sets of instructions that tell the computer what to do. Unlike people, computers do exactly what you tell them to do. When they misbehave, it's because you didn't tell them the right thing in the right way. If you can read and write English, you can learn a coding language. You just need to practice.

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the median salary for web developers in 2018 was $69,430/year or $33.38/hour. They projected a growth rate of 13% between 2018 and 2028. This is significantly faster than the average of all other professions. https://www.bls.gov/ooh/computer-and-information-technology/web-developers.htm?view_full Given the current economic situation there will be even greater demand for skilled web developers.

Digital Marketing

Digital marketing broadly refers to marketing that occurs on internet-connected devices and includes various subspecialties:

  • Digital marketing manager

A digital marketing manager is a highly trained professional who is responsible for a company's digital brand. They have coding experience in HTML, CSS, JavaScript, Python, PHP and other programming languages, as well as experience with nondigital marketing strategies, graphic design, web development and business management. Their median pay is upward of $130,000/year. https://www.marketingcareeredu.org/digital-marketing/

  • Internet copywriter

An internet copywriter uses his writing skills and general marketing knowledge to attract digital customers. They may be responsible for SEO (search engine optimization) copy and email or text messages. The median salary for an internet copy editor in 2018 was $62,000/year. https://learn.org/articles/What_are_Popular_Careers_in_Digital_Marketing.html

  • Web analytics expert

A web analytics expert collects and analyzes site visit statistics, search engine results, user-clicks, and email delivery statistics to determine the effectiveness of ongoing and past marketing campaigns. They usually work together with a team of experts to shape a company's online marketing strategies. The median salary for a web analytics expert was $83,000/year in 2018. https://learn.org/articles/What_are_Popular_Careers_in_Digital_Marketing.html

  • Social media manager

A social media manager writes blogs, contributes a company's information to social media sites such as Facebook and Twitter, and responds to followers. The median salary for a social media manager in 2020 was $50,000/year. Social media managers often receive additional cash compensation based on performance. https://www.glassdoor.com/Salaries/social-media-manager-salary-SRCH_KO0,20.htm

Graphic Design

Good graphic designers are in high demand. They work with both text and images to communicate and inspire consumers. Working on a computer or by hand, they create layouts, brochures, magazines, and advertisements that convey a company's message to the world. Graphic designers can work directly with clients or remotely from the comfort of their own home or office. There is also lucrative freelance work available for well-trained and creative graphic artists.

To work as a graphic designer, you will need training in diverse areas of art and design.

  • Art basics: drawing, color, 2D and 3D design

  • Typology and how to create and manage computer fonts

  • Graphic design software such as Photoshop, Illustrator and InDesign

These skills take time to develop, but many entry-level positions allow you to learn as you go. Fortunately, in the area of graphic design, a good portfolio is as important to an employer as a prestigious degree. The median salary for graphic designers is $50,000/year, but this varies widely depending on location and experience. https://www.indeed.com/career/graphic-designer/salaries


A new career in a cyber science field can be both lucrative and rewarding. Especially in this time of social and economic insecurity, a career that is flexible, technology-based, and able to be done from home provides significant job security.

Choose a field that interests you and search the web for free and affordable training. A good resource is Atlantis University where you can receive a university certificate in web development in a month for less than $500. https://www.atlantis.bootcamp.university

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