Cybersecurity workers have been laid off at a rate of 3%, the latest sign that the industry’s recovery is not nearly as robust as previously thought, according to a survey released Thursday.
The survey by Glassdoor.com, which aggregates job listings on the site, found that the overall number of cyber security professionals has fallen to 5.4 million in 2020 from a peak of 10.4 percent in 2015.
That means that fewer than 2 percent of Americans are employed in the cybersecurity field today, down from 6.7 percent in 2016.
That’s in part because the job losses are concentrated in fewer occupations, according the survey.
“In 2020, about 2 percent (of Americans) had a cybersecurity job,” the survey said.
“The majority (67.6 percent) of those were in finance, accounting, legal and business services, accounting management, and auditing, while 14.1 percent (16.5 percent) were in information technology.”
The survey also found that women in the field were disproportionately represented, with 40.3 percent of the workers surveyed being women.
The survey also said that while more than half (54.3%) of all cybersecurity jobs were held by women in 2020, that percentage was only slightly higher for men.
In 2016, the number of cybersecurity jobs was 7.7 million, according an analysis by LinkedIn.
The average salary of a cybersecurity professional in 2020 was $87,000, according Glassdoor, and that number has fallen by more than 10% since that year.
The number of positions has been trending downward, according a Glassdoor spokesperson, and it has been a long time since the average salary was higher.
Glassdoor found that cybersecurity jobs fell by a net 6.9% between the years of 2016 and 2020, while the overall jobless rate dropped by 0.5 percentage points.