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Employment for Internet security specialists will grow faster than the average for all occupations. The U.S. Department of Labor projects the number of Internet security jobs will increase 18 percent by 2024. The number of companies with a presence on the Internet is growing rapidly on a worldwide basis. As these companies connect their private networks to the public Internet, they will need to protect their confidential information. Highly publicized Internet security breaches like the one that occurred with Sony Corporation and Target Corporation have led to the demand for higher level security at most companies and increasing the need for these professionals. Demand will also be very strong in the health care industry because of the increasing use of electronic medical records and the need to protect patients' privacy and keep their private data safe from hackers. Employment in this sector is expected to grow by more than 30 percent through 2024, according to the DOL.

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