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Cyber security specialist

All computer systems require defence against hacking, cyber attacks and cyber crime. Cyber security specialists deploy these defences. It’s a crucial role and in high demand.

Find out what a cyber security specialist does and the related Vocational Education and Training (VET) courses and pathways you can take to secure a job. 

What is a cyber security specialist?

Cyber security specialists help secure networks and computer systems.

You may work in: 

  • threat reduction and harm prevention
  • recovery strategies
  • setting up and maintaining security applications.

You may also conduct audits to ensure procedures are being followed.

Find out more about cyber security specialists and these related jobs on the Victorian Skills Gateway(opens in a new window)

Search for related vocational and education training (VET) courses on the Victorian Skills Gateway(opens in a new window)

You may be eligible for government funding to help pay for your course.

Average salary

The average weekly earnings for ICT security specialists in Australia is $2,228.  

Source: Your Career(opens in a new window)

Note this salary is current as of May 2024 and is indicative only. A range of salaries apply to different roles across the industry.

Job demand in Victoria

Below are the employment forecasts for database and systems administrators, and ICT security specialist jobs in Victoria. Figures show the number of workers in 2023 and the new workers expected to enter the workforce by 2026.

‘New workers expected’ accounts for workers adding new jobs to the economy and replacing retirees over the next 3 years. These forecasts are estimates only. There will be additional jobs available as people move between jobs and industries.

Specific data is not available for cyber security specialist.

RegionWorkers 2023Workforce growth 2023-2026New workers needed by 2026
Melbourne – inner metropolitan7,7613.2%935
Melbourne – inner south-east metropolitan1,3193.2%162
Melbourne – southern metropolitan1,7042.9%193
Melbourne – northern metropolitan1,5143.3%191
Melbourne – eastern metropolitan2,1763.4%283
Melbourne – western metropolitan1,4433.0%169
Ballarat and surrounds (Central Highlands)3563.3%44
Bendigo, Echuca and surrounds (Loddon Campaspe)4132.8%46
Geelong, Colac and surrounds (Barwon)6443.6%88
Horsham and surrounds (Wimmera Southern Mallee)801.6%<10
Mildura, Swan Hill and surrounds (Mallee)1502.3%14
Shepparton, Seymour and surrounds (Goulburn)2293.1%28
Wangaratta, Wodonga and surrounds (Ovens Murray)2163.1%26
Warrnambool, Hamilton and surrounds (Great South Coast)1702.4%16

Source: Victorian Skills Authority employment forecast dashboard

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