With a projected 3.5 million unfilled cybersecurity jobs for 2025 and 16 percent higher pay than other IT jobs, the time has never been better to explore a career in cybersecurity. Whether you want to expand your career options or be more competitive in your chosen field, having cybersecurity skills provides better job security, a premium salary, and rewarding challenges.
However, as a working professional, you face certain obstacles when it comes to furthering your education, such as time commitment, cost, the need for flexibility, and more. When it comes to quality and academic rigor, you shouldn’t have to compromise— it is vitally important that you’re able to take what you learn today in the classroom and apply it to issues you face tomorrow at work.
But is it really possible to further your education in cybersecurity on your schedule without breaking the bank or sacrificing quality? We believe it is.
Cybersecurity Education for Working Professionals: the Professional Institute at SCI
In response to the current cybersecurity skills gap crisis, we at the University of Pittsburgh, a leading academic and research powerhouse, are now offering industry-backed cybersecurity education options for working professionals through our cybersecurity micro-credential pathways, graduate certificates, and other degree programs.
Thanks to our flexible offerings and a tailored format, you can complete your coursework on your terms while keeping up with your work and family obligations. Whether you are interested in a micro-credential, a graduate certificate, or a full graduate degree, you’ll finish with the skills you need to confidently face both current and future cybersecurity challenges—giving you a major advantage in the market.