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Other Job prospects in scientific computing

  1. May 20, 2017 #1
    Which sub field of scientific computing has better employ ability and job prospects? (within computational physics & computational biology). I meant both in industry and research oriented jobs where we would use the skills and knowledge relevant to the degree.
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  3. May 20, 2017 #2
    I certainly do not know the answer to your question, but I would observe that, to a large extent, we make our own opportunities. Do which ever one excites you the most, be good at it, and the work will come.
  4. May 22, 2017 #3
    Even I would like to do the one which I am interested in, isn't it too risky to do without knowing what are the employment status for the particular degree??
  5. May 22, 2017 #4
    You are not employed by the statistics, but rather by a single, specific employer. Even if there is only one job available in the entire universe, if you get it, that should be good enough. To get that one job, you probably have to be (1) the best candidate, and (2) aggressive in seeking the job.
  6. May 22, 2017 #5


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    It's difficult to say because both fields are fairly broad, and I think a lot will come down to the specific skills that you develop rather than the specific sub-field you work in. Computational problems tend to change rather quickly. The big problems right now are not likely to be the same a decade from now.

    It's probably safe to assume that regardless of which field you choose you won't end up in academia. That's not to say an academic position is impossible, just that they're hard to come by these days - statistically speaking. So you're much more likely to end up eventually leaving academia. From that perspective, programming skills, programming language fluency, learning how to work with large data sets, parallel processing techniques, mathematical modelling, learning how to properly document code, etc. are going to be highly marketable skills that will help you to transition out of academia and keep you employed in the long term.
  7. May 23, 2017 #6
    I agree with your point, but practically speaking, I have commitments like debts to repaid after graduating, so I would choose the one which balances both my interest and better employment opportunities.
  8. May 23, 2017 #7
    Thank you. Since you mentioned both are broad branches, I have narrowed down my interests into the following sub fields, computational physics - electromagnetism & geophysics, computational biology - neurosciences, biophysics, and bioinformatics. I will pursue the one whichever is feasible to me. So is it possible to get a job in industry or research in these sub fields?

    Frankly speaking, I have already worked in a corporate company, and I don't want to end up in a corporate job again just for the programming skills . I am pretty much interested in science and that's the reason I want to pursue the master's degree. I would like to work in the job where I would use the skills at least relevant to the science field (not some banking or software product). If there are no jobs available, I would pursue research on the topics (teaching is also okay for me). So would it be a mistake to to join a computational science degree and don't want to end up in a corporate job irrelevant to the science field?
  9. May 23, 2017 #8


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    The short answer is yes, it is possible to get a job in industry or research in the subfields you mentioned. One of my good friends who has a PhD in applied math is working in bioinformatics (but I'm sure a masters may suffice as well). Of course, much will depend on how flexible you are in terms of what type of industry job you are looking for, and how flexible you are in terms of relocating to where the jobs are (certain industrial or research jobs in, say, bioinformatics, are highly clustered in specific locations e.g. near San Francisco, Boston, etc.)

    Ditto for areas like computational applications in geophysics.

    I suppose you need to clarify what you mean by a "corporate job". Would you be fine working, say, for a software company specializing in, say, tools for bioinformatics/genomic analysis? Or a company specializing in developing remote sensing software for geophysics?
  10. May 23, 2017 #9
    Thank you. As long as I work related to the field I studied, I am fine with this corporate job then. What I meant was that I have no interest in the domains of software products, banking products, kind of jobs. May I know what is the name of the particular industry? or few company names would suffice.
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    Thank you.
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