Is security a feasible specialty?

Amazon CsRr26
Jul 13 8 Comments

I’ve been working for 3 years. Mostly full stack stuff. Im kind of interested in specializing and maybe getting an MS and some certs. I’m kicking around ML and security. I like security more, in terms of the little bit of self study Ive done. But I feel like in general ML is in much higher demand and that most security roles are lower paying pen-testing or security engineer gigs. Security engineer and pen testing sound cool, but not for less money.

I’d rather keep being an SDE if it means taking a pay cut, but just wondering if there is demand for software engineers who are security specialized and write code.

TC: 190k

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  • Apple
    ST8Pr1d3

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    There is a very high demand for top security engineering talent. I can’t think of a company worth joining that isn’t looking for and paying big $$$ for security engineers
    Jul 13 3
    • Randstad / Ops
      irecruit

      Randstad Ops

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      Agree with this person. But also want to say don't to from SDE to pen testing unless you plan on getting a roommate! Your TC will go down drastically. Go full stack with some security (OAuth, SSO) mixed in. Also cloud security and you'll be PRINTING $$$
      Jul 13
    • Salesforce recruiterr
      Not sure what randstad is smoking but security at tech companies pays same if not more than sw because its considered a specialization within sw
      Jul 27
    • Randstad / Ops
      irecruit

      Randstad Ops

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      It may vary from company to company. I work with 1700 different companies and can say the trend is that even though they're technically security testing, pen testers make less than devs with security. Testers are still testers but if you're a dev who can do both they'll prefer you over some other one trick pony
      Jul 29
  • McAfee / Other
    mIrt65

    McAfee Other

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    There is a massive shortage of security specialist staff. It used to be a “secret society” that was tough to crack into. But now there are some 1M+ openings. It usually pays a +50% premium over regular IT for a few years of experience. I have 14+ years of just security experience and I have no trouble working where I want for the price I want.
    Jul 14 0
  • McAfee / Other
    mIrt65

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    And there is far more variety in security than just penetration testing and single sign on.
    Jul 14 1
    • Amazon CsRr26
      OP
      And I could get pay comparable to what I do as a SWE?
      Jul 14
  • Amazon CsRr26
    OP
    Thanks all! This is kind of what I’m thinking over. Pen testing sounds cool, but like id be taking a step back in terms of comp. is this also true for security engineer roles I see?
    Jul 13 0

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