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Malware Analyst
A highly specialized reverse-engineer, programmer and detective that examines, identifies, and understands the nature of cyber-threats such as viruses, worms, bots, rootkits, and Trojan horse.  Their main duty is to  recommend and sometimes carry out procedures designed to help systems recover from any damage inflicted, but the majorityof their job is preventing the spread of malware in the first place. 
What in the world is a Malware Analyst?
Malware analysts must be:

  • A fast learner
  • Able to derive meaning from nonsense
  • A good puzzle solver
  • Able to think outside of the box
  • Willing to frequently use the scientific method
  • Resourceful

Is it for me?
What education/training is needed?
Most malware analysts have a computer science degree and often have numerous other certifications involving programming and reverse engineering.
What about salary?
Starting Salary
Average Salary
Top Level Salary
Career Outlook
As commerce in the U.S. becomes more computerized and internet-based, the need for malware analysts continues to rise.  Everyone heavily relies on fully functioning systems and most are willing to invest money in hiring individuals to do so.   Career outlook is very promising!