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Hello PF community, I have a question about a choice that I need to make soon and I would like some opinions from the community. So I am double majoring in physics and applied mathematics at the moment, and I have been thinking about changing my second major to computational mathematics instead. The main reason I am doing this is because I would be exposed to more computer science classes which could help in landing a job after college. Another reason is because I have noticed that computational math gives you greater capabilities for doing things and solving problems (I have been learning Mathematica lately). In light of computational math, I am actually not too sure how applied mathematics is different or any better. What do you all think is a better career choice, which is more marketable? Some quick facts to help understand me better:
- Sometime in the not-so-distant future I may be open to pursuing a masters or a PhD in EE, physics, or math after working a bit.
- I wouldn't mind working as a quant or something related to finance/financial analysis at some firm after college.
- I also wouldn't mind working at the CIA, NSA or some government-intelligence job after college.
- Ideally, I would like to work for NASA out of college.
- I would like to work for a tech/energy/aero company out of college.
- I would like a high paying job and I believe extra CS classes could help with that. Specifically, I think the title of "Computational Mathematics" sounds more appealing as opposed to "Applied Mathematics" when it comes to employers, but I don't know for certain and would definitely like to know.