I am angling to pursue a career as a cyber security consultant. I am currently starting to learn Java and CS concepts along with the A+ material. I will follow in learning the Network+ and Security+ material. What should I degree should I pursue in college to get into this field? I don’t want to do pure business, as I enjoy technical things and engineering. Do consultants travel a lot? Once I am experienced, will I be able to start my own lucrative firm?

Thank you in advance for any assistance.

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  • httr540

    November 23, 2021

    Try to find a school with an information systems degree path, its kind of 50/50 technical classes and business classes. IMO most consultants have years of experience in the field and are experts in specific areas. Not saying it’s impossible but I’d recommend you sharpen your teeth in the field before pursuing the consulting route

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  • morg43

    November 23, 2021

    1. Degrees are not as important in cybersecurity as they are in other fields. Our field needs a lot of things that can’t be taught. But if you can get a degree…it doesn’t hurt.

    2. Junior consultants are on the road a lot, but being on the road in this field is a good thing…multiple experiences. The travel slows down after a few years; if you want it to.

    3. Yes you can start your own firm. Just be ready to be married to it for the first few years

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  • Usual_Danger

    November 23, 2021

    The sky’s the limit. Getting a degree in cyber security, computer science, or just about anything technical can help but aren’t always necessary. Depending on the type of consulting you could probably find jobs with any range in the amount of travel and could depend on if you’re in a tech hub but more and more jobs are going remote. You could start your own firm if that’s something you’d want to do. You might look into what you need to do to create an LLC once you’re 18, do any odd jobs and small contracts under that and keep it in good standing with your state. It’ll help to learn part of what it takes to run the business side of things. Personally I’d rather let an intermediary take a little cut to deal with contracts and invoicing. Good luck!

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