We surveyed 810 information security analysts to better understand the work environment and required skills of a typical information security analyst. Here are the results.

How much intelligence is required as an information security analyst?

Low

High

Working as an information security analyst typically requires higher levels of intelligence when compared with the average career. This means that information security analysts are required to actively learn new things related to their discipline and solve complex problems.

Can I learn to become an information security analyst?

Intrinsic Talent

Acquired Talent

A career as an information security analyst typically depends predominantly on qualities you’re born with, with a small aspect of skills you can learn.

Is it easy to get a job as an information security analyst?

Easy

Hard

It’s typically difficult to find a job as an information security analyst. If you’re curious about the numbers, check out the job market for information security analysts.

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Do information security analysts work full-time or part-time?

88% of information security analysts work in full-time roles while 12% work part-time.

Is being an information security analyst stressful?

Low

High

Information security analysts tend not to find their jobs stressful, which likely contributes positively to career satisfaction.

Is being organized important as an information security analyst?

Low

High

Organization is not considered a particuarly important part of being an information security analyst.

How competitive is the workplace for information security analysts?

Low

High

Information security analysts see mild competition in their workplace.

Does being an information security analyst require frequent time pressure to complete tasks?

Low

High

Time pressure tends not to be a major contributor of stress for information security analysts.

Are information security analysts allowed to express themselves creatively?

Low

High

Information security analysts rarely get a chance to express themselves creatively.

Do information security analysts have control over the direction of their work?

Low

High

Information security analysts tend to have a set and inflexible work schedule that they are unable to deviate from too much.

Is being an information security analyst physically demanding?

Low

High

Work as an information security analysts is rarely physically demanding, making it a suitable option for those unable to perform physically strenuous tasks.

Are information security analysts exposed to a wide variety of work?

Low

High

Information security analysts tend to have a monotonous work routine, with little variety in their day-to-day tasks.

Does being an information security analyst require attention to detail?

Low

High

Attention to detail isn't necessarily required to be successful as an information security analyst.

Does being a good information security analyst require compassion and empathy?

Low

High

The ability to be compassion and empathetic isn't considered fundamental to success as an information security analyst.