How to become a penetration tester?

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I am currently 17. I know Python, Perl and X++. I am currently studying for the CEH and CompTIA Linux+. My question is could I grind it out with some network admin intern gig and opt out of pursuing an IT or computer science degree because school really isn't my thing. How can I become a penetration tester?
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Even though school is not your thing, a lot of companies won’t even give an interview unless you have a degree. Most seem to require a 4 year degree.  A few companies will take a specialized technical school certificate in consideration. Lastly experience. Here is another aspect that helps, see if there any internships  in your area where you get get more training and problem solving in real world situations.

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  • Kevin Beaver
    I agree with ToddN2000, as absurd a requirement as it may seem, many organizations will not give you the time of day without a college degree. If you wish to start is a penetration tester and work your way up through the IT and security ranks, I'm sure it would help your credibility if you had a formal education...Again, arguably absurd, but it's the way people think and judge one another.

    I have written fairly extensively for TechTarget about the subject of getting started and security that you can link to here:
    www.principlelogic.com/careers.html

    Here is an audio program that you might be interested in as well:
    securityonwheels.com/gsis.html

    Best of luck!
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