Best degree for the future?

Chevron Kecx15
Jun 11 383 Comments

If you had no degree and could go get one that would set you up for the future, what would you get?

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  • Nielsen eJyk10
    Physics. Forced to have a concrete foundation in math, computer science and evaluating extremely complex systems which are the most valuable combination of skills to have right now.
    Jun 11 16
    • Amazon / Eng KHCr70
      Lol, physics is NOT a career choice unless you are top of your field and love research.

      Everyone I know with a physics degree including myself either has a double major or masters in somthing else for their career.
      Jun 12
    • LinkedIn Poincaré
      I am physics major (master) and I’m making $300k. Other physics majors make bank (Elon Musk). It really depends on your drive to do things and your hunger for success.
      Jun 12
    • Facebook zuckdaddy
      CS + Math or CS + Physics if you're spending 4 years in undergrad
      Jun 12
    • Amazon / Eng KHCr70
      300k is way above average (but good for you).
      Putting the same effort as a software eng would probably get much more than 300k.

      Average level sdes get 240k in seattle
      Jun 13
    • Schweitzer Engineering Laborator nVqE32
      Certainly not physics.
      Applied Math
      Statistics
      Computer Science
      Jun 14
  • Qualtrics / Other qualtricdo
    Computer science. 10 times out of 10
    Jun 11 0
  • Tesla 100thievea
    Masters in Leetcode.
    Jun 11 1
  • Box Voldy
    Bachelors in computer science and masters in cyber security
    Jun 11 3
    • Facebook / Eng zuck-
      I’d go masters in deep learning
      Jun 11
    • New / Finance SpinCycles
      They have degrees in deep learning specifically? Wow
      Jun 12
    • Google / Eng Pfjhebs
      Masters is useless unless maybe you did a research focused one and produced a good paper.
      Jun 12
  • Amazon / Eng moocha
    If it were me, I would sit in math and physics classes and self-learn computers
    Jun 11 9
    • Amazon / Eng L6SDE
      Sorry, but it’s true.
      Jun 11
    • Google / Eng Pfjhebs
      Agree with L6SDE
      Jun 12
    • Choice Hotels
      iizz

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      Say the people who don’t pass the cert!
      Jun 13
    • CACI / Eng MaknBombs
      @L6SDE curious on your opinion of AWS certification? Seems like the only way to guarantee a certain standard of understanding about AWS.
      Jun 13
    • Google / Eng Pfjhebs
      Yeah. Amazon guy and I were too dumb to pass the cert exam.

      In security, the people who get certs are the ones that have a weak resume so that they can up their resume game. They are often quite bad which has given me the impression that anyone who gets certs is likely bad. Though there are people who must get certain certs for government jobs.
      Jun 13
  • Be a doctor, real doctor 👨‍⚕️ / 👩‍⚕️
    Jun 11 4
    • Amazon vr38dett
      In case you didn't know, PhDs are the real doctors. MDs hijacked the title because they wanted to feel special too and distance their job from being perceived as a trade, which it really is.
      Jun 11
    • Facebook / Eng mturtle
      Technically true, but let's be real neurosurgeon vs art history professor. Which one you actually give a shit about?
      Jun 11
    • Google uzaname
      Both?
      Jun 11
    • Perficient redbirds
      The ROI on being an MD is genuinely shit. The only vocational degree with a worse ROI is a MSW or a JD... (I don't consider a PhD in Literature and the like as a vocational degree).
      Jun 20
  • Square fizbJrh
    Ask a bunch of engineers what degree is best.

    WONDER WHAT THEY’LL SAY
    Jun 11 1
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      I have a masters in engineering from a top tier school. My biggest regret? Not going for a math degree when I had a chance.
      Jun 12
  • Bloomberg / Eng DPKGSlayer
    Math. It proves itself throughout the ages. Whatever science makes the most money in a given era, math always served as the foundation - Civil Eng, Mech Eng, CS, ML, AI, EE you name it.

    The only thing is that you have to be willing to subsume the mathematics and tailor it to the profession. Professional skills always come first for jobs.
    Jun 11 1
    • Perficient redbirds
      You clearly have no idea what math majors actually study...
      Jun 20
  • Splunk / Other havoc
    Plumber. Electrician. Carpenter. Anything but this tech bullshit.
    Jun 11 8
    • New / Finance MWSt70
      Air conditioning is cheap. Poverty is decreasing. Climate change isn’t going to wipe out that many people. 0 chance.
      Jun 11
    • Amazon damned
      Carpentry is already a dieing trade with mass produced furniture. Plumber and electrician are safe for now I guess
      Jun 12
    • Amazon / Eng 1099-B
      Carpentry = building things from wood. Furniture is just a part of it. Go look up what most houses are made of.
      Jun 12
    • Cisco SV Techie
      LoL
      Jun 12
    • Amazon damned
      Is construction carpentry your idea of a good job with good pay?
      Jun 13
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    • Amazon hot 🍞
      This will always be the conversation ender.
      Jun 11
    • New
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      CS is neither science nor engineering; algorithm research is different if you consider it as CS, but only a few research/design algorithms full time.
      Jun 12
  • Akamai Technologies Togusa
    Double Major in Statistics and CS, Minor in Communication Studies or Business.

    Basically anything mathematically & technically rigorous with a dose of business/communication/“artsy”. Or the other way around depending on your interests and goals.

    IMHO at the end of the day, it’s all about putting in the work and mastering your craft. Get gud, seizing the right opportunities, and all else will follow.
    Jun 11 3
    • Booking.com C(oast)EO
      Please don't cease opportunities. I'd recommend seizing them instead
      Jun 11
    • Akamai Technologies Togusa
      Ha! Yes you are right 🤦‍♂️
      Jun 11
    • Perficient redbirds
      "Communications" isn't a real major for all intents and purposes. There is a reason why most D1 football/basketball players are Communications majors (hint: its designed to give you high grades without requiring any academic effort/learning).
      Jun 20
  • Amazon hot 🍞
    I have a math degree, don't consider myself smarter than others, and tend to pick up new topics in CS much faster than others. I'd go with math again
    Jun 11 1
    • Microsoft itsRaw
      Did you learn DS/Algo as part of your curriculum? Or did you self-learn the material?

      Pretty interesting though, some of my friends are Physics and Math majors and they made the jump to Python/.NET dev.
      Jun 11
  • Accenture eRFn40
    Udacity nanodegree
    Jun 11 2
    • Best Buy / Eng WtMd31
      Lulz
      Jun 11
    • Accenture eRFn40
      I'm half serious, why spend 4+ years of life to obtain a skill in >18 months and get paid as much as many undergrads that aren't in stem
      Jun 11
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    chajimogo

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    chajimogomore
    Major in TC or GTFO
    Jun 11 0
  • New / Strategy
    Porsche996

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    Porsche996more
    UCB/MIT BS EECS, Stanford MS CS, Harvard MBA. You got all covered.
    School matters! Shitty blog posts don't make up.
    Jun 11 2
    • Salesforce wtffff tho
      Username checks out
      Jun 11
    • Perficient redbirds
      Lets be honest... if the folks here had credentials to get into any of those programs, they wouldn't be complaining about TC on blind...
      Jun 20
  • New / Product Relativist
    Military science for the strategy.

    Logistics for the supply lines.

    Metallurgy & materials science for the the armor.

    Optics for the lasers.

    Robotics for the mecha.

    Only together can we beat back the alien menace.
    Jun 11 0
  • Don’t, just be the best in whatever field you decide to establish yourself in. No degree will give you the drive for continuous self improvement, 90%+ of the population is inherently lazy.
    Jun 11 0
  • Google / Mgmt
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    I have the degree I wanted. A PhD in CS and AI. I would rather have 7 years of my life back, cos in the industry, it doesn't matter.
    Jun 11 4
    • Shutterstock kudabobb
      How. You have access to more interesting work
      Jun 11
    • Cisco junkbond
      @Ex Amazon

      I am curious why you say PhD in CS does not matter? Aren't you the highest paid, at least to begin with, after the PhD. After that, many other factors may come into play.

      And don't you use the skills you have accumulated / developed during your PhD in your work?
      Jun 14
    • Google / Mgmt
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      Hmm.. yeah but a significant portion of time was spend on things that do not matter in practice. Sometimes I wonder if 7 years of comp growth would been better.
      Jun 15
    • Google / Mgmt
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      No I hardly use the skills of my PhD at work. Maybe I chose or ended up in the wrong career path. I got into management out of circumstance two years after my PhD. Cos the team needed it and I was leading the ML and dev work anyway. 2 or 3 years of that was great cos I was able to get a lot of cool publications, patents while also delivering business impact. That helped me rise up the ranks and pretty soon, I'm mostly dealing only mostly with organisational and political issues rather than core ML that I am trained for and enjoy more.
      I guess if I had stayed a scientist and an independent contributor, my degree would stay relevant.
      Jun 15
  • Amazon broke&dumb
    Gender studies
    Jun 11 2
    • LinkedIn nubody
      You mean feminist studies
      Jun 11
    • Amazon broke&dumb
      No, the other non-binary genders.
      Jun 11