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IT jobs never used to be cool. Then everyone -- celebrities, girlfriends and grandparents -- all got PCs. Now music, movies and the making of the movies all happen on some kind of PC-like device.

So let's all agree that IT is now undeniably cool. The next step is deciding which areas are the coolest. Security is hot; it's the place where IT fights off hackers from China, Bulgaria and the little doofus that lives next door. But what's ultra-cool within the totally cool world of security, which lies within the undeniably cool world of IT?

The security jobs worth bragging about in the singles bar are all front-line positions. Fighting cyber crime hand-to-hand are the top slots. These positions include hacker investigators, penetration testers (you pretend to hack) and forensics. We need more of all three, in my opinion.

What is your dream IT job? Send your dreams to dbarney@redmondmag.com.

Posted by Doug Barney on November 19, 2008 at 11:52 AM