Actuaries can find employment in a wide variety of industries. New comments cannot be posted and votes cannot be cast, More posts from the datascience community. As to whether a PhD is worth pursuing, the answer to this depends on the reasons for choosing to do a PhD. You see, large companies like Pfizers buy each other up in order to get either the patents or a lower tax rate. That's the opinion I've formed as of late, e.g. Doing a Ph.D. degree requires great sacrifice and commitment. There is a lot to deal with in doing a PhD, and that is true even if you have a great advisor, great classmates, etc. Social scientist that switched from PhD program to an MS with a focus on econometrics. Doing a PhD in any subject costs a lot of time and money. Is a PhD worth it? If instead you are getting a PhD in something that broadly covers a range of data science topics at a medium/high level, you won't get the same ROI. This value could be quantifiable, in the form of a certain salary, or it could be subjective, in the form of a certain job title or career path, or both. Press question mark to learn the rest of the keyboard shortcuts, MS | Data Scientist | Education/Marketing. Just today, NPR broadcast a program about how the Roche facility in Nutley, NJ (which used to employ 1000's of scientists) has now been shut down: http://www.npr.org/2014/07/30/336337115/as-pharma-jobs-leave-n-j-office-space-ghost-towns-remain. Before deciding, you should know which subjects will benefit your salary the most. If instead you are getting a PhD in something that broadly covers a range of data science topics at a medium/high level, you won't get the same ROI. Maybe your PhD hasn't advanced your celing but I think it makes it much easier to get started. I think this goes equally well whether or not you have a PhD. In fact, even if you go into STEM fields, it makes more financial sense to get a Masters and then work instead of slaving for up to 8 years on a PhD before you start making any real money. That intellectual freedom just might be key to happiness for you, so it's the main question you should ask yourself. Whether or not a degree is “worth it” will depend largely on how you define the value you hope to gain from having earned the degree. Depending on the differential between your part-time-while-PhD pay and your full-PhD pay, you probably won't even be out that much money. Reasons such as getting respect from friends and family, thinking it’ll He got the Brain Mind Institute (EPFL) best PhD thesis in 2013 as well as a fellowship from the Swiss National Science Foundation. As mentioned above, I'll never get a research scientist at FAANG job, but it's been a great career so far nonetheless. Scholarship programs do that all the time. But if you're ambivalent, it's better to start your career earlier. You forgot one more point. I love the research and I am convinced that I will like graduate school. I'm trying to figure out whether 5 years from now when I graduate (if I go), if I will find a job. At the end of the day, there is a "statistical" value of a PhD, and then there is the value for each individual. Press question mark to learn the rest of the keyboard shortcuts. I think that statistically you will find that it's not going to be worth it unless what I covered in 1 and 2 apply to you. After done it, my one piece of advice is that it's actually a way to defer freedom now for more freedom later. People that I have seen with a PhD in the inner workings of machine learning or in the inner workings of high performance computing for data science are 100% getting the bang for their buck vs. stopping at a MS. The expected scenario is that after 7-8 years getting a JD/PhD, you end up as an ordinary AP or workaday lawyer making 60k while you're in 60k+ of grad school debt. I’ve really been struggling with this lately as well. I have no idea how pharmacology/bioanalytics work in that regard. It may be easier in the long-run to have that piece of paper. Or anything related to Big Oil. But, I was a few years out. Getting your doctorate will make you more likely to earn a … Mine is a PhD in CS and my thesis was on development of newer techniques for real time prediction. There were folks in their 30s, 40s, and 50s, people who already worked full time, people with families. BUT, you're going to have to work much harder to prove yourself. It depends on what you want out of life. There are currently large numbers of unemployed PhD scientists on the East Coast of the US. However, I've found that having a PhD hasn't advanced my career ahead of people without PhDs. From what I've been told, getting a MS isn't worth it since you are paying for graduate school. There's lots to think about, esp. I think most people would say that the PhD doesn’t matter, but some do. Or, they export their R & D activities to third world, where labor costs are lower and no one cares about the environment as much as they do over here. Therefore, I thought it best to summarise my decision for starting the course, what I have achieved during my studies, and the outcome in the years following. Securing a PhD in molecular biology is not an easy task and involves taking courses in subjects like advanced cell biology, protein & nucleic acid biochemistry, and research ethics.

ROI is much less if you were economics, like I said econ is less practical. I completed my PhD recently and I am currently working in the industry. Reddit; 277 thoughts on ... At 52 I had spent 2 years on entrepreneurship and come up with an idea that I felt was worth doing a PhD for. I wasn't sure what to do after my undergraduate, so I stuck around for my Master's, and I'm unsure whether or not to go for a PhD. You have to find some new technique or you have to improve normally used techniques to a considerable amount. I want to do the pharmaceutical industry stuff, but will I actually be able to get a job when I'm done? PhD is actually some sort of research field. The premium for a PhD is actually smaller than for a master’s degree in engineering and technology, architecture and education. Nor is a PhD … I've heard it's easier to train a synthetic chemist to be something new but harder the other way around. I'm a graduate student currently pursuing a PhD in an applied stats program, and heavily considering non-academic jobs in data science & adjacent fields. My current institution's PhD program (the one I'm in) is mostly composed of people in their late 20s and 30s. In determining whether getting a PhD in Psychology is worth it, some items to consider include the cost of the program and the area of psychology in which you plan to work. Try mass spectrometry. My point in mentioning this is that even if the Pharma industry turns on its heels tomorrow, and decided to restore the US capacity in R & D (which it won't), it will take a lot longer than five years for the job market to recover. Ha! And like you noted, if I don't pursue a PhD in ML-heavy DS (I'm not) then it may not be worth the ROI. I'm at an REU for chemistry right now. Personally, I found the entire experience of the PhD to be intellectually satisfying and worth the effort. If you want an MS, it is best to start in a PhD program and "change your mind" after two years. You will still be a grad student, and while you will know that this is something very challenging and rewarding, you will have to deal with the fact that some of your friends won't help but feel like you're still just a student. Its awesome. If it is money, a masters in chemistry and an MBA will give you serious earning power, but no real time in the lab. I know that "done" might include 1-3 years of a postdoc, but I don't want to do more than that. In February 2013, the unemployment rate for the general U.S. population was at 6.3% while that of U.S. science, engineering, and health Ph.D.s was way down at 2.1% (7).

the job outlook gets much better with a phd in economics, maybe in public policy or a professor but by that time you can make $100,000 5 years in as a financial analyst or sub $80,000 as a senior accountant, more if you are manager. The answers are very much mixed as I expected. These are people that are going straight into Research Scientist roles at FANGs after graduation. If your okay with shitty pay, but love research, then hell yes get your nerdy ass in there. Obviously, PhD in CS field has a great value, since it requires lot of skills. So far, yes. If you want to work in the industry and make good money then opt for an internship or practicum based program focusing on petroleum geology and applied geophysics and exploration geophysics. For some students, this pursuit of knowledge and discovery is enough to make all the hard work of earning a PhD worth it. 2. If your goal is to get a job and make money, then a PhD is a bad decision. Getting a job can be difficult, but it's more difficult if you limit where you look. Fuck this gatekeeping, all this asshole is saying is 'lol you peasants why are you even wasting your time'. I'm at an REU for chemistry right now. The PhD preps you for other research-focused jobs, but if you don't enjoy that anyway, what's the point? This is something that isn't talked about very often, but that probably should be talked about. Thank you for the thoughtful response! As someone who is now unfortunately back on the job market again, the tentative strategy is to not waste much time applying for pharma jobs around NJ, because the competition around there will be too intense. Not only will it consume three to five years of your life but, in some UK institutions, the failure rate exceeds 40%. But you will still be competing with the hordes of third world imports, who are all too willing to be PhD lab slaves for whatever jobs there will be (of course, they want to stay here with their doctorates). Interesting. An actuary's primary job is to collect data and look for patterns that can indicate various levels of risk. Like you're a 28 year old undergrad. So decide for yourself if extra 7 years of shitty life as an indentured servant (as a grad student and postdoc) is really worth your love for chemistry. And that is assuming your advisor rocks. What's so bad about synthesis and chemical bio? Only in medicine, … All workplaces have politics, but academia is particularly known for its bureaucracy/politics. Any thoughts/experiences/tips are welcome! Having a Master’s in Actuarial Science can open the door to a very lucrative career. The jobs that I have gotten with a PhD are so much more appealing to me than the standard gruntwork or managerial work that my BS counterparts are in now. From the people I’ve talked to, it seems like there’s some disagreement. While in grad school I have spent quite a bit of time developing "soft skills" like written & oral communication that I tend to enjoy as much as analytical skills. I just kinda assumed that finding a job with a phd of science would be easy, but now I've heard that it is way harder to find an industry job as a phd than an ms or bs. A PhD in sociology gives prospective job applicants a better chance of securing jobs as sociologists, postsecondary sociology teachers, and social … You can always leave with an MS. as long as you stay away from synthetic chemistry or chemical biology you should be OK. I essentially started from the same place but five years later. The PhD degree reflects intense and successful research and would be valued in an R&D environment. It's difficult to extrapolate where the job market for organic chemists will be five years from now. Masters find themselves in a similar situation. Petrochemistry chemical engineers starting salary (MS/BS level) is about 95k, in US. That being said, for me personally I don't regret a thing and very much prefer having savings from my time in industry than being a poor PhD student. Its awesome. The reality is that going through a PhD will (for a lot of people) make you come face to face with the fact that you're not nearly as smart as you thought you were. A PhD gives you a level of perspective that no industry experience can replace, and that may, or may not, allow you to take on some really unique R&D roles in the future with more intellectual freedom. At the end of the day, there is a "statistical" value of a PhD, and then there is the value for each individual. http://www.npr.org/2014/07/30/336337115/as-pharma-jobs-leave-n-j-office-space-ghost-towns-remain. Never pay for an MS in science! If I had left when I got my masters, I'd have nearly a decade of experience at this point. Salary: PharmD>PhD (generally). I'm just afraid that I might be going into a PhD program as a waste of time, so I'm not sure what to do. The chances that the JD/PhD is a road to big firm law or a job in a law school making the big bucks are almost nonexistent. It’s a well-known fact that data science is one of the most attractive career options these days, thanks to the hype revolving around the data scientist job position. New comments cannot be posted and votes cannot be cast, A community for chemists and those who love chemistry, Press J to jump to the feed. And this happened and still is happening all through the Philadelphia - New Jersey corridor. I don't regret a thing and very much prefer having savings from my time in industry than being a poor PhD student. By using our Services or clicking I agree, you agree to our use of cookies. Cookies help us deliver our Services. If you go into it, take good care of yourself, do some therapy, etc. A PhD is available in a variety of scholarly fields, from physics to journalism, and there is much more variation in standards for earning a PhD than an M.D. Sorry to burst your latent bubble, but the job market for PhD organic chemists is pretty bad right now, especially relating to the pharmaceutical industry. I just kinda assumed that finding a job with a phd of science would be easy, but now I've heard that it is way harder to find an industry job as a phd than an ms or bs. But then I got a job that I would not have gotten without a PhD that was a big jump in my career and now I don't know. The PhD really doesn't offer significantly more in a practical sense. “A PhD is highly valued in some circumstances and not necessary at other times,” he says. The PhD provides what the MS does plus a research in the background of machine learning (probably not applicable to most jobs). that what im concerned about. There is stress, there are long periods of working alone, there are long periods of working long/weird hours. If you phd's could go back and either go straight into industry as a BS or do a masters program instead, would you? There are also very few "forces" keeping your life normal. However, you may be looking at completely different types of roles with a PhD, i.e., you're much more likely to end up working in R&D, non-client facing, specialist, expert roles with a PhD, whereas you are much more likely to end up working in a business unit, applied, client facing, generalist role without a PhD. I was actually thinking of this yesterday. I took longer in grad school than most because I switched labs in my third year, so it took 8 years overall. What I can say is that if you enjoy your research, if you're passionate about it, then stick it out. I’m ABD in a very quantitative social science but am losing the desire to go into academia. I was originally told that doing a PhD is a way to defer salary now for a better salary later. That the line between "doing well in class" and "making a dissertation-worthy contribution" are very, very different. Klodjan believes self-innovation is paramount in today’s competitive job market and encourages other PhDs to take action for themselves instead of allowing others to dictate their choices and careers. Env't: PhD working conditions are generally better (i.e. There are a lot of advisors that make their student's life hell. “For a vice president of engineering or another senior executive position, it can be a big plus, especially if the company president himself has a PhD. That summarizes my thoughts well, but I wonder if it would handicap my career at some point? Maybe … BS holders are limited to instrument tech or basic lab tech duties. Do you regret staying in your PhD overall? but ive heard that you can get a job as an ms, whereas phds are overqualified for a lot of jobs and places wont end up hiring them. A PhD is pretty personal to people and is normally dictated by what they enjoyed and were interested in the most. Some of your friends will be driving luxury cars now, they will be starting families - honestly, they will be complete adults by that point. No thanks. that I'm ambivalent and might want to just start my career now. Everyone around you is also doing research, and so a lot of behaviors become very common - becoming isolated for long periods of time, avoiding people, etc. Some great advice on this thread but all coming from the perspective of PhDs, so here's my take from a different angle. If you haven't done an undergraduate biology degree then you won't have any idea if you want to do a PhD or not. In synthetic chemistry specifically, if you are from a good research group, and after a postdoc, and have stellar recommendations, you can hope for a 75k offer, if you can find an industry job. You'd be committing for 10+ years regardless, they get PhD work for years instead of just barely starting to get it at the end, you don't have to do the part-timer shit. If not, move on. In general it's best to follow your interests. If you do a PhD, you should have some interest in research, and then it's worth it. By the time you're halfway through grad school, you friends who left with an undergrad will be driving a nice car, maybe buying a house, going on cool vacations, etc. If you’re considering doing a PhD in Data Science, you’re going to have to decide whether you want to use your PhD to get a job as a data scientist, or to engage deeper in research and try to solve really complex, theoretical problems.This can be a challenging choice. My PhD completely fucked up my mental health. I've found even without a PhD you can get research jobs, apply for grants, even start your own lab. There is just no way to predict that. :). If this prognosis is correct, then it might make more sense to do a PhD in organic chemistry in e.g., California, because that's where many of the jobs for new PhD "Organiker" will be. I'm 35 years old now and really only started a career 4 years ago. The impact of your PhD will be heavily dependent on how specifically it applies to an area of high-demand/high-complexity/low-supply work in industry. In most programs, a PhD is free (and it generally includes a small stipend too). Your work is going to have to be far above the bar. I have a Master's degree, and I always thought that you should really only go for a PhD if you're really into it. That is, whether you get a PhD or not you are probably just as likely to hit specific pay grades/leadership roles by a given age. Individuals who have a passion for numbers and enjoy solving complex problems can find success in this field. I hope to make a lot of contributions to the field. Does it? You can have a successful career with the MS. I think I’d really enjoy using what I’ve learned in econometrics/causal inference to help companies understand their products and consumers to create value, but I’m also not sure to what extent I would need a PhD for that. Do you really enjoy the research? For PhD in nature sciences, the average is now about 45k. In fact, from a simple employment perspective those with Ph.D.s in science, engineering, and health are doing much better than the general population. I can not also hope that I will end up in academia as I have heard academic jobs are very hard to get. I love the research and I am convinced that I will like graduate school. Since completing my Masters in Data Science, I have had a number of people contact me asking for my experience with the course and whether it is worth recommending. I don't mean that you shouldn't do it, but depression is really common in PhD candidates. It may be easier on the West Coast. Neither are a guarantee that you'll end up in those paths, but it's much more likely. Workhours: PhD usually works more if we're talking about PhD in academia. The PhD can still get the job, but the advantage the PhD has over the MS is much smaller than the MS over the BS. In addition to that, you will get to see your friends and classmates who don't do a PhD go out into the world and start making real-people money. Before PhD, I had 5 years of work experience in the analytics sector. 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