Route to Becoming a Professional Hacker
I don't have a degree in CS, nor is it likely I will be able to acquire one in the near future. I do however have the desire to become a professional ethical hacker. I have been reading up on this, and it seems that many people do not consider a CS degree to be essential for achieving this goal. It is obvious though that an obscene amount of technical knowledge spanning a majority of the IT spectrum is a must. This doesn't bother me too much as I believe myself capable of attaining enough knowledge even if I have to do it at home online, which is what I do everyday anyway.
I have come across the opinion quite a few times now, that a good route to attaining this goal is through getting experience as a network administrator. Because of this I have been looking into certifications that could help with eventually getting such a position.
However, I'd like to hear some opinions from the folks here. Is it worth my while pursuing the certifications and training to become a network administrator, considering my end goal? I mean I know it certainly sounds like a logical progression, as a network admin would have intimate knowledge of networking and security(presumably), but what are some other routes that you could recommend? I'm not trying to cut corners, but I also don't want to waste any time if their is a better way.