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Professional Hackers

Employment Prospects


Approximately 112,300 information security analysts are employed in the United States; professional hackers comprise a small percentage of this total. Major employers include companies (e.g., banks, financial firms, utilities, hospitals), colleges and universities, and government agencies that want to test their information security systems, and consulting firms that provide such services to these organizations. Some work as white hat hackers part-time, collecting bounties when they identify an issue, and work in other computer-related positions the rest of the time.

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