Welcome to the forum and if you are looking to make some bucks then these days the best thing is to have the quality because every one is doing the what you want to, but of course if you can be one of the quality in what you do, you can make some good bucks doing simple things.

Ethical Hacking is also in the same category and so its all about quality.

Now if you are looking for some job then you should be doing the academic way.