Well, I was writing another post and Bill beat me to it! Below the dotted line is my post in response to Don on my experience.
Again, thanks a lot Bill and Don, I appreciate the input, it's really helping me get a better understanding of what I'm in for.
I guess I'll pick up a few books to get a head-start and see what happens.
I'd think I'd really enjoy ChicagoCon, but it may be a little too rushed for me.
Well, my current experience, hmm. With security I have no professional experience, only what I've learned and tested on my own.
My recent tinkering with security has been limited to simple things such as ARP poisoning, MITM attacks, sniffing, wireless hacking/AP phishing, some pentesting with metasploit, and few other things. All this has been on my own network, mind you, not on others. I've been using programs like nmap, hping, airsnarf, wireshark, ettercap, metasploit, arpspoof, etc.
My level of knowledge in security is fair. I have a pretty good understanding of how many concepts work, just not how to implement them. And my understanding of networking is pretty solid.
The only professional experience I have deals with networking(maintaining, configuring, installing....small to medium size), pc repair, and desktop support related stuff.
I don't know if that's what you were looking for, but hopefully I've at least cleared it up a little.