9 out of 10 new jobs are going to college degree holders. In fact, a three months average shows that 91% of the net increase in jobs is held by those with a college degree. 
In a recent survey conducted on 500 U.S. recruiters and hiring managers across ten industry sectors, the answer to the question, “do employers still value college degree?” is, ‘Yes.’ Nearly a hundred percent of recruiters believe that employees with a college degree background are more competent than others. Although employers emphasis on a college degree is for only 35 percent of entry-level jobs, recruiters still prefer them. 
Sue Keith, the managing partner of Ceres Talent, a marketing staffing agency, quoted that college degrees are default education, which indicates a candidate’s interest in pursuing a professional career. The senior recruiting manager of AWS engineering believes that candidates without a degree background are usually not competent to make appropriate decisions. The manager explained that the degree gives skills that can help them in tying everything together and grow upon it. 
Do college degrees matter in cybersecurity?
Cyberattacks are becoming common and sophisticated and therefore, need more cybersecurity professionals. Cybersecurity is booming right now, and the requirement for cybersecurity personnel is outpacing all other IT positions. But the question is whether a degree in cybersecurity is considered a break-through for a candidate? Here is an example from Cyber Seek:
Cyber Seek has listed ten common cybersecurity positions and the average educational requirement for each of these positions. According to this analysis, less than 18% of entry-level jobs do not require a degree. For mid-level and advanced level, it is even less, at a mere 14%. That means that there are only a few job posts that do not require college degrees, making it a near necessity to earn a degree to advance in the field of cybersecurity. 
So, do I need a degree to get ahead?
Education is never a backlog, the more you avail, the more opportunities you can exploit. In general, no matter what field you’re in, the more education you have, the more opportunities are available to you.
84% of employers believe that less than half of cybersecurity applicants are actually qualified for the job role  leaving more space for degree holders to take advantage of.
Emerging trend of combining degrees and credentials
On one hand, if we consider a cybersecurity degree, it usually takes multiple years to complete. On the other hand, the skill demand is continuing to grow, and recruiters are seeking to fill the requirements by hiring certification credentialed candidates. The conflict arises where an employer seeks to engage the skills that a candidate acquires in the degree program, that too, immediately. Hence, many online universities are coming forward to contribute to the skill-gap by offering online cybersecurity degrees. Online degree programs enable a candidate to pursue advanced education while working. The recent trend to combine degrees and certifications to meet the immediate challenges is also gaining popularity –
|Gives expert knowledge||Provides in-depth learning|
|Improves job prospects||Retain and grow in your role|
|Experience + Degree + Certifications = Cybersecurity Expert|
Since cybersecurity is such a fast-growing industry, employers are looking for skilled and dynamic candidates that can serve the company as well as stay ahead with the evolving cyberthreats. This makes it necessary to have a cybersecurity degree with industry-recognized certifications. In a survey, 95% of students from a degree program confirmed that degree backed by certification credentials would help them potentially in meeting their career goals. 
Though a combination of attaining a degree and a cybersecurity credential is a rarity, EC-Council University offers bachelor and master programs that give you an opportunity to attain EC-Council’s Cybersecurity Certifications as well a degree.
EC-Council University is dedicated to creating superior educational programs in the field of cybersecurity. The degree programs will equip graduates with the knowledge to assess the latest IT security risks and expert skills to handle them successfully. ECCU has industry practitioners as faculty members who also serve as mentors for the students when they aspire to get into cybersecurity. The iLabs facility from the university helps in gaining hands-on practice to the students.
The university offers Bachelor and Master programs at the degree level. The Bachelor of Science in Cybersecurity (BSCS) gives required exposure, builds cybersecurity skills, and develops leadership abilities that help any candidate to grow as a cybersecurity professional. Master of Science in Cybersecurity (MSCS) makes you expertise in desired skills and helps you in gaining domain knowledge to stand ahead in the competition.
ECCU is accredited by Distance Education Accrediting Commission (DEAC) which is a recognized accrediting agency by the U.S. Department of Education and is also an acknowledged member of the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA).
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