Fulfilling the Hacker’s Fantasy

Posted: November 3, 2013 in Articles
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whitehatDo you want to spend the rest of your life in a boring office doing typical corporate nonsense, or do you want to get paid for hacking? For many teens and young adults, this is a dream come true. Spending your days destroying viruses, outsmarting other hackers and being the hero that thwarts a cyber terrorism attack. While this might seem like a fantasy, the truth is that you could be doing this for the government. Ethical hackers are needed, and you can fulfill this need while making a good amount of money.

Hackers Required

Did you think that the computer science niche was overcrowded? You would be right in most cases, but this isn’t true with cybersecurity. Only about five percent of all available positions have been filled. That allows you to leap into one of the many remaining jobs. Not only that, but the need for security experts is rising because cyber terrorism is becoming more common.

At this moment, the government is looking for at least 600 security experts. The funny thing is that the requirements are fairly easy to pass if you are skilled enough.

Education

Have you been worrying about saving up for that six-year degree? Don’t worry about it. The vast majority of ethical hacking jobs offered by the government only require a four-year degree or the ability to showcase your skills. If you are good enough to pass their tests, then you can easily get on the payroll.

Huge Budgets

Unlike other companies that only have thousands or millions of dollars for their security budget, the government has currently spent billions of dollars on cybersecurity. Not only that, but the number is expected to double every six years.

What does this mean for you? It means that ethical hacking is a career field that is highly desired and unlikely to fade away. It also means that the government is more than willing to pay you a good salary for your skills. You can often make $50,000 or more a year from the very start. If you gain enough experience, then you can eventually make about $90,000 to $100,000 a year.

The government usually has an easy time filling jobs, but this hasn’t been the case with cybersecurity. This growing field is in desperate need of skilled hackers to fill the positions. If job security and hacking sound good to you, then consider hacking for the government.

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