A new (fairly vendor neutral) survey seeks to answer that. Created by executive recruiter Lee Kushner, independent infosec professional Mike Murray and Max Kilger, senior member of the Honeynet Project, the 63-question survey is meant for security workers of all skill levels.
"The benefit of it is getting a true sampling of the industry," Kusher told me this week. "It's not going to be people who have the same career goals in mind."
The purpose, he said, is to get a overall handle on how information security pros are managing and investing in their careers (certs, degrees).
It's easy to look at this as just another survey, but I think these career-oriented ones are particularly important because there is a lot of confusion out there. In fact, SC Magazine undertook a similar endeavor in June with our 2008 Salary and Career Survey.
"The competition for the best positions out there is definitely increasing," Kushner said. "A lot of people are having a hard time figuring out how to climb the ladder."
If you want to participate, the survey can be found here. It closes Jan. 15, 2009.