Job Outlook

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics projected a 37 percent growth in the industry from 2012-2022, much faster than average. According to Gov. Rick Snyder, cyber attacks in Michigan alone have gone up five-fold in the last two years.

Where you might work: This degree will open up a huge range of job opportunities for you across the country. In the public sector, you could go to work for law enforcement agencies like the Federal Bureau of Investigation doing forensics work, or become a part of the Department of Defense, helping to foil the plots of cyber terrorists.

In the private sector, companies are beginning to realize the importance of protecting not just their own business information, but that of their customers. You could work for large corporations, helping protect against cyber attacks while also formulating corporate security policies that will keep vital information behind closed doors.

The rapidly growing healthcare industry, along with internet-based companies like Google or Paypal, will also need to people to help keep hackers from infiltrating.

Salary range: According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, information security analysts earn a median pay of just over $86,000 per year.