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Professional Hackers

Overview

Professional hackers break into an organization’s computer systems and networks, with permission, to determine if they are vulnerable to cyber criminals and spies. They are also known as ethical hackers, penetration testers, and white hat hackers (after the good guys in old Westerns who typically wore white hats versus the bad guys in black hats). Approximately 82,900 information security analysts are employed in the United States; professional hackers comprise a small percentage of this total.

Salary Range

$50,000 to $100,000+

Minimum Education Level

Bachelor's Degree

Certification/License

Recommended

Outlook

Much Faster than the Average
Personality Traits

Hands On

Problem-Solving

Technical

Career Ladder
Internet Security Consultant or Chief Information Security Officer

Internet Security Manager

Professional Hacker

Intern