What is the best route to go from IT to Science?

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In summary: What is your research focus?I am not really focused on a specific area, I am more interested in picking up skills in a certain area and then switching to a research focus later on. I am interested in research in the physical and mathematical sciences.
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What is the best route to go from IT to Science?

I have an undergrad in Computer Science completed in 1997 and have over 12 years experience in programing, software design, technical writing, telecom, & Point-of-Sale software. I am willing to go into any area of science, and I would like to spend the least amount of time in school as possible due to financial issues.

I am especially interested in the physical sciences & astronomy and have many skills in computation to offer the science world. I did well in math and science while in school.

I am grateful to hear anyone's suggestions or know-how in the matter?

- Stellar05
 
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Welcome to the PF, stellar. You will enjoy your time here.

Are you considering the Community College route for an AS, or some other school route? I think that embedded systems programming will offer you a good way to change over from more of an IT path to an engineering path.

You can also pick up a lot of this on your own, by getting a microcontroller (uC) plus CPLD evaluation board plus complers, and building up some projects on your own. If you pick up Assembly/C programming for popular uCs, plus Verilog/VHDL/AHDL programming of CPLD logic devices, you will be very marketable in the EE / embedded systems market.

Can you tell us a little more about your background and where you want to go?
 
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Hi Berkeman,
Thanks for replying to my post. I have a bachelors of science in Computer Science. My background starts in programming and leads up to software design which is what I do now. At work, I create flowcharts, sequence diagrams, functional specs, & technical specs for merchant credit card software. I have experience in telecommunication software design as well. I believe that I should of posted my question to the career guidance and not academic guidance.

I learned both assembly and C in college. I don't really want to go into EE, I would rather go into a career involving research for pure physical science or perhaps even astronomy. I am not focusing on an area of science because I want to pick a science field which is the most accessible to me (requiring less academics as possible).

-Stellar05
 
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Select a graduate program you would want to do and apply.
 
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Will a masters degree be enough to be a researcher?
 
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stellar05 said:
Will a masters degree be enough to be a researcher?

Primary Investigators are generally PhDs or MDs, depending on the field. An MS-degreed person could participate in research, but generally would not lead the research.
 

1. What degrees or qualifications do I need to transition from IT to Science?

To transition from IT to Science, you will typically need a degree in a field related to the specific branch of science you are interested in. This could include computer science, mathematics, engineering, or a specific scientific field such as biology, chemistry, or physics. Additionally, some positions may also require specific certifications or training in scientific methods or technologies.

2. What skills from my IT background will be useful in a scientific career?

Many skills from your IT background can be transferred to a career in science. These might include problem-solving, data analysis, critical thinking, and technical knowledge. Additionally, your experience with programming languages and software may be valuable in scientific research and data analysis.

3. What are the job prospects for someone transitioning from IT to Science?

The job prospects for someone transitioning from IT to Science can vary depending on the specific field and your qualifications. However, with the increasing role of technology in scientific research and advancements, there is a growing demand for professionals with a background in both IT and science. This can include roles such as data scientists, bioinformaticians, and scientific software developers.

4. Are there any specific industries or companies that are more open to hiring individuals with an IT background in science?

Many industries and companies can benefit from individuals with a background in both IT and science. Some examples include healthcare, pharmaceuticals, biotechnology, and environmental science. Additionally, government agencies and research institutions may also have opportunities for individuals with a background in IT and science.

5. How can I best showcase my IT skills and experience during a job search in the science field?

When applying for jobs in the science field with an IT background, it is important to highlight your relevant skills and experience. This could include specific technical skills, projects you have worked on, and any publications or presentations related to science and technology. It can also be helpful to tailor your resume and cover letter to highlight your interest and qualifications in the specific field of science you are applying for.

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