Learn about the types of people who become security engineers. This page goes into detail about the employment, gender, and ethnic ratios of the workplace.


Employment Type Mix, 2024

94% of security engineers work in full-time roles while 6% work part-time.


Gender Mix By Career Interest, 2024

This graph shows the distribution of females and males that are interested in becoming a security engineer. Four or five star ratings on CareerExplorer indicate interest.

More men than women are interested in becoming security engineers at a ratio of 3.54 to 1.


Actual Gender Mix, 2024

20% of security engineers are female and 80% are male.


Gender Bias, 2024

This is one of the most compelling statistics we collect. Gender bias shows the difference between gender interest in being a security engineer and the actual gender mix of people in the career.

If there is a significant difference, then it means there is a gender imbalance between those interested in becoming a security engineer and those who end up becoming one.

In this case there are more women interested in becoming a security engineer than those actually working as one. It is hard to pinpoint the exact reasons why, but there are likely various forces at play, from changing interests over time to societal norms and biases.


Ethnic Mix, 2019

The largest ethnic group of security engineers are White, making up 58% of the population. The next highest segments are Other and South Asian, making up 10% and 9% respectively.