You know I remember a few years ago when I had the money to actually start taking my courses for an ultimate goal of obtaining a computer science degree. First to obtain the associates in information technology and then finish up at another college because it was cheaper that way since I am paying for it all out of my pocket. I have always been interested in computers ever since we got our first one when I was a child which was a Tandy if you can believe that. I’m sure if you are old enough to remember them you do. Then when the movie Hackers and The Net came out it just solidified that I wish I could do all those things right then and there.
What comes with the ability to be a hacker though is the discipline and your own personal moral code to take a job in the field of IT Security  and actually maintain the high standards of the job with the security issue. Take this past month for example, we are being constantly updated about the conflicker worm. What is it, what is it going to do. Nobody really is sure in my opinion but someone made it up to try and gather personal information. You need people who can become qualified at Ethical Hacking  to stop all the nonsense that seems to creep up on a day to day basis. What better thrill could you get than nailing a hacker trying to get into your system at work and actually getting him charged for the crime I ask you.
With the economy the way it is right now though it would behoove people who are interested in the technology field to go to class because these are some of the more high paying jobs out there. I would love to be able to have a job that paid well and I actually love it. If you did not want to become a Certified Ethical Hacker  there are other opportunities out there like computer forensics or disaster recovery as well as the testing aspect of it. I actually just like the idea of being knowledgeable so that a company would pay me to hack their system to see if they have enough security on it.