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It Security Pros Go Full Year With No Joblessness

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The Information Security Media Group reports that an analysis of new data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) suggests that there was no joblessness for information security analysts last year.

Information security analyst is the label for a standard occupation category that includes a wide range of information technology (IT) security roles. Employment of information security analysts rose by more than one third to 51,000 during the fourth quarter, and averaged 44,000 over four quarters of data. Private enterprises employed 82 percent of information security professionals, which make up just over 1 percent of all IT professionals tracked by the BLS.

In the past, the data has reflected employment conditions, and the statistics suggest that there were far more jobs requiring IT security know-how than individuals with the necessary skills to fill them.

Overall, IT employment, under occupation definitions from previous years, exceeded 3.9 million in 2010, and another 161,000 people who considered themselves IT professionals were unemployed, which means the IT workforce topped 4.12 million.

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