University creates cybersecurity degree program
TAMPA — The University of South Florida’s College of Engineering plans to offer a new degree program that will prepare students for careers in one of the country’s fastest growing industries: cybersecurity.
According to a press release, the bachelor’s degree program will be housed in the college’s department of computer science and engineering, and it will be the first undergraduate degree program of its kind among Florida’s 12 public universities.
Experts predict jobs in the cybersecurity industry will grow by nearly 30% through 2026, with a reported median salary for information security analysts at more than $95,000, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. The anticipated growth, combined with the opportunity for graduates to find high-paying jobs, are the primary reasons behind USF’s development of this new degree.
The USF College of Engineering expects to enroll the first 50 new students into the program this fall, with approximately 40 other students expected to transfer in from other programs across the university, according to the release.