Skills in demand

Significant expansions of IT infrastructures have increased demand for experienced penetration testers to find security vulnerabilities in targeted apps, networks, and systems.

What it takes

Hands-on experience with reverse engineering and scripting languages is helpful. Expertise in identifying flaws is critical. Designing creative solutions to complex problems, paired with stellar documentation and communication skills, are most valuable.


Specialist-level roles start around $100K, with senior and lead often earning $110K to $130K.

Adam Weissman is director of legal technology at The Glenmont Group, a Montclair, N.J.-based executive search firm for the litigation and legal technology industries.