It depends on the level of computational skills. If you are totally allergic to computers, it's going to be very, very hard to get a job. If you can do basic C++, but aren't a guru, then it becomes much easier.What is it about string theorist? Presumable they don't have the computational skills required?
Also there are some fields of particle physics where people end up with guru level C++ skills. Lattice gauge theories, for example.
One of the reasons I got hooked into investment banking was that it was obvious that people wanted me for who I was. After spending your life begging for work, it's refreshing to be somewhere that you have to beg less hard, and which you can get a job with reasonable effort.Does that mean there is hope for theorists to get into IB say with a summer placement or two?
One reason that getting a summer internship is useful is that you may come in and figure out that you hate investment banking.
Just to step back a bit so that you know where I am coming from.Otherwise like I said I'll go down the applied maths route - but I would prefer theoretical physics. Thanks again
My entire life is centered around astrophysics. I'm one of the people that got hooked early on. At one point, I decided that I would do whatever it took to study astrophysics. Then it became obvious that going the standard academic route was a dead end, so that I started to think about what I needed to do in order to keep studying astrophysics, and it turns out that investment banking is the closest thing that I can find. Not only do I do something similar to computational astrophysics, but I'm making enough money so that I'll be able to at some point quit and be a graduate student for the rest of my life.
Now different people have different goals, which is a good thing, but for good or bad, physics is something of an obsession for me which is how I got into investment banking. If it turned out that investment banking *didn't* find people that can do quantum field theory useful, then I would have done something else.
This matters because if your primary goal is go work for an investment bank, then getting a physics Ph.D. is a rather crazy thing to do.