Demand for cyber security professionals increased by 232% YoY during H1 2017. This is an increasingly attractive industry, particularly for young, inexperienced workers as the job duties require relatively little skill. The average monthly salary paid to Chinese cyber security professionals during H1 2017 was US$1,450, which is slightly higher than the average worker makes in the country. This emphasizes that businesses are willing to pay a significant premium to protect themselves against online hackers. Though a university degree makes candidates stand out in the industry, it is not required.