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Here are some insights to help IT pros take advantage of the talent shortage -- as well as some reasons it might not be the right move for you

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Of all the high-demand areas in IT, security stands out at the top. According to DICE, the number of security jobs skyrocketed by more than 40 percent from 2014 to 2015, to 50,000 openings, compared with 16.8 percent growth the year before.

"Security jobs are growing at a far more rapid pace than other areas of technology, which are also growing rapidly," says Bob Melk, president at DICE.

Meanwhile, in a 2015 survey by ISC2, 62 percent of respondents said they lacked adequate security staff, and 45 percent cannot find qualified candidates. In five years, the organization says, the shortfall in the global information security workforce will reach 1.5 million.

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