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June 21, 2023 | Tom Ballard

More than 8,860 cyber positions are unfilled across Tennessee

It's part of a national shortage that reaches more than 466,000 postings. The Volunteer State's metro areas range from a high of 3,850 in Nashville to 448 in Chattanooga.

The gap seems to be getting bigger, not smaller.

According to a recent study from CyberSeek, the gap between the number of cybersecurity jobs currently demanded and the number of workers available to fill those jobs stands at an estimated 466,225 nationally. That’s even with nearly 1,130,000 in the cybersecurity workforce.

The report says that Tennessee has 8,863 unfilled positions which is below several of our neighbors like North Carolina with 21,278 and Georgia with 20,624. In Florida, the number is a whopping 34,377.

How about Tennessee’s major cities? Not surprisingly, the Nashville area that includes Williamson and Rutherford Counties leads the state with 3,850 openings. Next is Memphis at 2,271 followed by Knoxville (1,080) and Chattanooga (448).

For comparative purposes, Tennessee had 3,365 unfilled cyber positions in 2015. It had grown to 5,511 in 2020, 6,609 in 2021, and 9,666 in 2022.

CyberSeek is a joint initiative of the National Institute of Standards and Technology’s NICE program, Lightcast, and CompTIA.

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