My nephew's son has just started college. He doesn't really know what he wants to do with his life. but does seem to have some interest in the computer field. His maternal grandfather has suggested that he learn about security and while I don't think that's bad advice, I don't agree that it's necessarily a ticket to a great career.
Right now, security consultants do very well, but that's not going to last. Not so many years ago, someone conversant with integrating TCP/IP, Appletalk and Token Ring networks was in high demand, and a certification in that area was worth quite a bit. Today, very few people use anything but TCP/IP and if they do have any mixed network needs, off the shelf hardware can handle it with very little expertise needed. The same thing will happen with security: routers and switches and the computers themselves will have everything they need built in, which means small need for high priced experts.
The computer field changes very rapidly. I think studying security is a great idea, but I wouldn't necessarily plan on that being a life time job plan.
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