A new study, sponsored by Raytheon and conducted by Zogby Analytics, shows surprisingly little interest from young adults in pursuing a career in cyber-security.
Based on a survey in September of 1,000 adults in the U.S., from ages 18 to 26, the study found that only 24 percent of those polled expressed a desire to pursue a cyber-security career. In contrast, 40 percent of the respondents were interested in a career in the entertainment business, and 32 percent were interested in being an app designer/developer.
Among those attracted to the cyber-security field, the study found a gender gap. Young men gravitated more to cyber-security careers than young women.
“As a father of a young daughter, I was surprised and a little disheartened by the gender gap of those interested in a career in cyber-security,” Jordan Wiens, cyber-engineering lead at Raytheon Intelligence, Information and Services, told eWEEK.