Apprenticeship Resources

What Jobs Are Available for Cybersecurity?

Cybersecurity Supply/Demand Heat Map from CyberSeek.org. Colorado is full of opportunity for IT, networking, and cybersecurity jobs. This heat map shows the number of cybersecurity job postings by state. You can filter by "public sector/private sector" and see which certifications are the most requested.  The interactive career pathway link shows key jobs and commmon transitions between them.

The 2020 Robert Half Technology Salary Guide website has plenty of good information right on the site (be sure to scroll down), but you can also give them your name, email address and job title and download the pdf version which contains all kinds of additional information about job hunting, interviewing, and salaries.

Visit Careers in Colorado for Cybersecurity for info on cybersecurity jobs, career paths, salaries and more. In Colorado, cybersecurity pros are paid about 9% more than other IT professionals. Get great Colorado guidance.

Find specific job skills and outlook for Information Security Analysts on O*Net and the Department of Labor website. Also, the Bureau of Labor Statistics has information on a wide range of Computer and Information technology jobs. A sampling of median salaries for some as them is in the table below.

Salary Info for IT, Networking, and Cybersecurity Jobs

Below are some sample job titles and related salaries for IT, networking, and cybersecurity. For additional information, including job summaries, day-to-day responsibilities, education required, and other helpful information, please visit the full resources available from the US Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Bureau of Labor Statistics - salaries not guaranteed
Job Title Median Salary
Entry Level IT; Tech Support $50,00 - $75,700
Computer Support Specialist $53,470
Computer Network Architect $109,020
Computer Systems Analyst $88,740
Information Security Analyst $98,350
Network & Computer Systems Administrator $82,050
Computer & Information Research Scientist $118,370

Employment Services

When it's time to prepare for your apprenticeship employer interview, Red Rocks has you covered with a wide range of excellent guidance.

RRCC Computer and Technology Courses & Programs

Our comprehensive Computer Technology department offers many stackable programs, including knowledge and skill development in the following areas:

Industry Certifications and Tests

Industry cert's are super-important to secure a good job in desktop support, IT, networking or security. Red Rocks works with CompTIA, Pearson Vue, and others to provide certification exams on the Red Rocks Lakewood campus or online.

Limited Time Offer! Become part of the Cybersecurity Apprenticeship program and qualify for a free CompTIA Security+ exam -- a savings of over $200. Those students who take CNG 132 will be well prepared for this highly regarded industry certification. Reach out to Eric Vahling, 303.914.6666, Cybersecurity Apprenticeship Advisor, for more information and to learn how to qualify.

Due to COVID-19 CompTia has extended voucher expirations and is offering online testing. Check back to their webpage to keep up with current developments.

Cybersecurity Industry Associations & Local Groups

Check out some of the following national associations and local groups to explore online learning, live events, webcasts, or deep-dive research. Share your own favorites with us and we'll add them to the list. 

Meet people and employers who matter at the Denver Cloud Security Alliance Meetup. Monthly educational and networking sessions are on-going. Check out their website for more info.

The National Cybersecurity Student Association is the nation's largest association of cybersecurity students. Scroll to the bottom if you'd like to sign up for their newsletter and explore around the site to see if it's of interest.

The Information Systems Security Association (ISSA) three local chapters: Boulder, Denver, and DTC. They have extensive trainings, networking opportunities, and Special Interest Groups (SIGs) -- a great way to figure out which industry you want to be a part of! They also sponsor RMISC, the largest annual security event in Colorado. Learn more about RMISC 2020 on their website. If you'd like to join, scroll down on the membership page to find the student rate for full-time students.

The Denver Chapter of ISACA is a great resource for early career and career progression through networking, credentialing, and education. ISACA focuses on broader areas of cybersecurity such as IT, auditing, governance, risk management and privacy and offers certs on a broad range of topics. They have information about joining as a student to connect with industry leaders and build a professional network.

Red Rocks' very own cyber security club won the 2020 Rocky Mountain Collegiate Cyber Defense Competition (RMCCDC) and is featured on their home page -- go take a look! And join the club to compete next year! Winning this regional competition takes them to the National Competition (NCCDC) which will be held virtually this year on May 22 - 23. Let's wish them luck!

Red Rock Community College Cybersecurity Club meeting