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Data Security Supervisor Jobs: Career and Salary Facts

Explore the career requirements for data security supervisors. Get the facts about job duties, education requirements, and typical salary to determine if this is the right career for you.

What Is a Data Security Supervisor?

Data security supervisors oversee the activities and staff responsible for safeguarding an organization's databases. They are employed by many different industries in numerous fields, from banking to government, in order to protect the information stored on computers. They use their knowledge of computer systems and programming to encrypt files, preventing access by unauthorized personnel. Now more than ever, it is important for businesses to secure their online information, meaning dedicated data security supervisors with a vast knowledge of computers and security are essential to the workplace.

The table below outlines the general requirements for a career as a data security supervisor.

Degree Required Bachelor's degree, master's degree for management positions
Education Field of Study Computer science with security emphasis
Key Responsibilities Assign, schedule, and oversee activities of specialists; educate employees about computer and network security; monitor software installations; coordinate responses to cyber attacks
Job Growth (2018-2028) 9% (for all database administrators)*
Mean Salary (2018) $106,718**

Source: *U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, **Salary.com

Where Would I Work as a Data Security Supervisor?

You potential employers include banking and financial services firms, information technology services firms, healthcare providers, insurers, educational institutions, government agencies, and retailers. An organization that stores identity information about customers or employees--or that needs to protect trade secrets from competitors--may be especially concerned about data security. Employment prospects are expected to be very strong as more organizations connect their databases to the Internet. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics projects that the employment of database administrators, a category that includes data security supervisors, will increase 9% over the 2018-2028 decade.

What Job Duties Will I Have?

As a data security supervisor, you assign, schedule, and oversee the activities of specialists who maintain the integrity and security of an organization's data. You might also be tasked with educating employees about computer and network security. Your tasks include:

  • Participating in discussions about security measures
  • Monitoring software installations
  • Coordinating responses to cyber attacks
  • Investigating security breaches
  • Filing incident reports
  • Assigning team members to roles

What Salary Could I Earn?

November 2019 figures from Salary.com show that as a data security supervisor, you could earn a salary in the 25th to 75th percentile range of $90,522 to $123,874, with a mean income of $106,718. However, for the closely related titles data security administrator and data security analyst, Payscale.com showed 10th to 90th percentile salary ranges of roughly $38,000 to $124,000 and $48,000 to $92,000, respectively, in November 2019. The BLS reports that database administrators earned a median of $90,070 as of May 2018.

What Education or Training Do I Need?

A bachelor's degree in a computer-related subject is considered the baseline for most entry-level database administration positions. You may need several years of work experience or a master's degree to gain a managerial position. U.S. schools don't appear to be offering dedicated degree programs for data security supervisors as of February 2017, but several offer bachelor's degrees programs in computer science with a security emphasis. Master's degree programs in information security are also available.

Bachelor's degree programs in computer science with a security emphasis engage the technical challenges of meeting an organization's conflicting needs to both protect data and have ready access to data. Once enrolled, you learn known vulnerabilities in Windows and UNIX operating systems, network system architectures, network security fundamentals, and cryptography. Supplementary courses in statistics and business writing may also be part of the curriculum. Master's programs in computer science or in information security cover similar topics at an advanced level and might add computer forensics, network forensics, biometrics, or risk management.

What Are Some Related Alternative Careers?

Computer systems analysts investigate the computer systems in use by an organization in order to find flaws in their structure, suggesting fixes for problems in usage and management, as well as upgrades, to improve effectiveness and efficiency. Information security analysts use their knowledge of computer security protocol to research an organization's current internet security goals and software, recommending changes to increase digital security. Professional computer programmers use their experience writing and editing computer code to create different software and computer applications. These careers typically require a minimum of a bachelor's degree.