One In Two Security Pros Unhappy In Their Jobs

One In Two Security Pros Unhappy In Their Jobs
One In Two Security Pros Unhappy In Their Jobs 

By Kelly Jackson Higgins
July 23, 2009

You'd think most professionals in a hot industry like IT security would 
feel content and challenged technically and creatively in their jobs -- 
but not so much. According to the results of a new survey that will go 
public next week at Defcon in Las Vegas, half of security pros aren't 
satisfied with their current jobs, and 57 percent say their jobs are 
neither challenging nor fully tapping their skills.

The survey, conducted by renowned career coaches Lee Kushner, CEO of 
security recruiting and career coaching firm L.J. Kushner & Associates, 
and Mike Murray, a security expert, was aimed at taking the pulse of the 
security profession in hopes of making it more career-oriented than it 
is today.

Kushner and Murray say they were surprised by security's high number of 
unhappy campers -- 52 percent of the around 900 security pros who 
participated in the survey are less than satisfied with their current 
jobs. Only 27 percent said they are are satisfied, and about 21 percent 
said they are more than content, according to the survey. "People in 
security are generally passionate about what they do," Murray says. 
"You'd think in a progressive industry that [it wouldn't be the case] 
that one out of two are not happy...that shocked me."

Salary isn't the problem, either: Around 45 percent said they make more 
than $100,000 a year. "It's pretty telling that [they're] well-paid," 
Kushner says. And when asked why they change jobs, money was not the 
main driver. Turns out, 37 percent said they move on to get closer to 
their career goals, 30 percent to learn new skills, 22 percent for 
quality of life, and 10 percent for higher salaries.


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