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Physics and business?

  1. Jan 18, 2005 #1
    I'm current a PhD student in physics with an emphasis in computational biophysics. However, I'm not sure a long, boring career in academia is for me. I'm thinking industry when I'm done but even then, I don't want to necessarily be stuck in a research scientist role for the rest of my life either. I would like to be able to transition more into a management role eventually and then on up (hopefully a high paying one at that too).

    I was looking at options available to me here. I would think maybe an MBA is the most obvious choice, but god, the classes look boring and simple. There is also a combined physics phd/finance master's I'm looking into. However, this is generally for people wanting to transition purely to Wall Street whereas I'd still like to be involved in a science-related field.

    So does anyone have experience with this? What's the best preparation to eventually make the jump from pure research to a management-level position?
    Last edited: Jan 18, 2005
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  3. Jan 18, 2005 #2
    MBA without a doubt. The boring simple classes will pay themselves off when you're managing a science-related company. The other trick to do is to somehow get management experience on your own, which will be really hard since you're a PhD student. I'd go for the MBA.
    Last edited: Jan 18, 2005
  4. Jan 21, 2005 #3
    am still in high school and was hoping to do my undergrad in some type of engineering ( mostly mechanical ) and then do my MBA.... However, wont MBA be hard without doing BBA?

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