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The Highest Paying IT Jobs For 2021: Robert Half

While higher unemployment and workforce up-skilling are expanding the IT candidate pool, employers are finding many applicants do not possess the right technical skills and experience or the desired soft skills, according to the staffing company.

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No. 2: Information Systems Security Manager

Information systems security manager is the highest-paying security job in the Robert Half report with a median starting salary of $149,000.

Typical duties of an information systems security manager include providing leadership, guidance and training to information systems security personnel; reviewing, implementing, updating and documenting company-wide information security policies and procedures; and managing security audits and vulnerability and threat assessments and directing responses to network or system intrusions. They are often tasked with ensuring fulfillment of legal and contractual information security and privacy mandates, including providing executive management with compliance reports and audit findings; and preventing and detecting intrusions.

Skills required for information systems security manager candidates are a strong technical background in systems and network security, excellent interpersonal and leadership abilities, analytical and problem-solving skills, written and verbal communication skills, and knowledge of industry security trends and government regulations.

Candidates attractive to employers usually possess five-plus years of systems and network security experience and potentially one or more years of managerial experience. Employers also look for industry certifications such as the Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP) or the CompTIA Security+ designations.

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