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FEATURED CAREER OF THE WEEK

INFORMATION SECURITY ANALYST



What They Do:
Information security analysts plan and carry out security measures to protect an organization’s computer networks and systems. Their responsibilities are continually expanding as the number of cyberattacks increases. IT security analysts are heavily involved with creating their organization’s disaster recovery plan, a procedure that IT employees follow in case of emergency. These plans allow for the continued operation of an organization’s IT department. The recovery plan includes preventive measures such as regularly copying and transferring data to an offsite location. It also involves plans to restore proper IT functioning after a disaster. Analysts continually test the steps in their recovery plans.

Work Environment:
Information security analysts held about 100,000 jobs in 2016. Most information security analysts work full time. Information security analysts sometimes have to be on call outside of normal business hours in case of an emergency. About 1 in 4 worked more than 40 hours per week in 2016.

How to Become One:
Information security analysts usually need at least a bachelor’s degree in computer science, information assurance, programming, or a related field. Some employers prefer applicants who have a Master of Business Administration (MBA) in information systems. Programs offering the MBA in information systems generally require 2 years of study beyond the undergraduate level and include both business and computer-related courses.

Pay:
The median annual wage for information security analysts was $95,510 in May 2017. The median wage is the wage at which half the workers in an occupation earned more than that amount and half earned less. The lowest 10 percent earned less than $55,560, and the highest 10 percent earned more than $153,090.

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FEATURED COLLEGE OF THE WEEK

DENISON UNIVERSITY
Granville, OH


Denison's academic mission is to educate our students to become independent thinkers and active citizens of a democratic society. Distinguishing features of Denison's educational program are its hand-crafted, interactive, highly interdisciplinary approach to teaching and learning, and a commitment to a learning community that fosters sensitivity to diverse perspectives.


 Denison also distinguishes itself by its residential nature. Students that attend Denison should expect to live on the campus all four years. It is through this practiced living/learning approach that the college provides a unique academic experience. Students at Denison not only learn from top scholars with training from some of the best universities in the world, but also from fellow students who bring to the college a diverse set of intellectual, socio-economic, geographical and experiential life experiences. Given this ethos, students enjoy a dynamic learning environment theoretically twenty four hours a day and seven days a week.


   

Quick Facts:

Size: Medium Sized
2,341 total undergrads
617 degree-seeking freshmen

Tuition and fees: 
$51,960 in-state, $51,960 out-of-state

Admissions Requirements
ACT or SAT: Required for some

Acceptance Rate:
Very selective
37% of applicants admitted

Test Score Average:
ACT: 28
SAT: 1330
GPA: 3.6


FEATURED COLLEGE MAJOR OF THE WEEK

EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATION



What it's about: 
The major prepares you to teach infants and children through age eight, in all subjects through grade 3. You receive practicum/internship experience with small children in a variety of settings, such as day care, before-and-after-school programs, pre-K programs, early start and K through grade 3 classroom.

Is this for you: 
You might like this major if you also like: working with very young children; watching them grow and change; volunteer or part-time work at day care or community centers; crafts; games; puppet shows; team sports; being creative; tutoring.

Consider this major if you are good at:active listening; caring/nurturing; coaching; communicating; critical reading/thinking; empathizing with children's thoughts and feelings teamwork...or have...an open mind; manual dexterity; patience; physical stamina. 

Career options and trends: 
Teacher assistant or aide; pre-school teacher; kindergarten teacher; child care administrator; family service coordinator.