Best degree for the future?

Chevron Kecx15
Jun 11 375 Comments

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

comments

Want to comment? LOG IN or SIGN UP
TOP 375 Comments
  • 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 18
    • Uber MiXk82
      Software engineering is not so hard. One may not have the design skills or may be hacky but within one year I'm sure one can be as good as a Cs graduate
      Jun 11
    • PayPal .Me
      Unpopular opinion: “you don’t need to be good at math to be a good engineer”
      Jun 11
    • Expedia seepadwepa
      😬 I hope physicists make $300k/yr
      Jun 11
    • Apple / Eng CodeMonk🐒
      Good physicists can make that if they want.
      Jun 11
    • Google / Eng relprime
      @Paypal This is absolutely true. But, that's precisely why math opens more doors. There are some jobs like that and math people can do those jobs just like CS people.

      I know a bunch of mathematicians (not at G) who need people who can do both math and CS. They hire math majors. Their rationale (admittedly obnoxious and questionably true) is that math majors can definitely do CS, but CS majors may not be able to do math. In my opinion, they do much more interesting work than most CS jobs too.
      Jun 11
    • 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
      7d
    • Schweitzer Engineering Laborator nVqE32
      Certainly not physics.
      Applied Math
      Statistics
      Computer Science
      6d
  • 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 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
    • Chevron Kecx15
      OP
      Just so I follow, you’d skip
      The degree and get certs instead?
      Jun 11
    • Microsoft / Acctg K1256
      I have a degree in math, I think I’ve used it once to hang cabinets in my kitchen. It’s completely useless.
      Jun 11
    • Amazon / Eng L6SDE
      Certifications are for people that don’t know that they are useless. Presence of certifications on a resume is a smell.
      Jun 11
    • WeWork / Ops
      equalpower

      WeWork Ops

      PRE
      NBCUniversal Media, LLC, Barneys New York, Compass, WeWork
      equalpowermore
      @L6SDE you’re gross.
      Jun 11
    • Amazon / Eng L6SDE
      Sorry, but it’s true.
      Jun 11
    • Google / Eng Pfjhebs
      Agree with L6SDE
      Jun 12
    • Choice Hotels
      iizz

      Choice Hotels

      PRE
      Choice Hotels
      iizzmore
      Say the people who don’t pass the cert!
      7d
    • 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.
      7d
    • 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.
      7d
  • Splunk / Other havoc
    Plumber. Electrician. Carpenter. Anything but this tech bullshit.
    Jun 11 8
    • Amazon damned
      Future, not past
      Jun 11
    • Splunk / Other havoc
      Yeah, in the future there'll be no need for plumbers, electricians, and carpenters. Lulz.
      Jun 11
    • Cisco SV Techie
      We'll definitely need those skills after climate change wipes out half the population.
      Jun 11
    • 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?
      7d
  • Square fizbJrh
    Ask a bunch of engineers what degree is best.

    WONDER WHAT THEY’LL SAY
    Jun 11 1
    • Pinterest
      AINe20

      Pinterest

      PRE
      Facebook
      AINe20more
      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 0
  • Be a doctor, real doctor 👨‍⚕️ / 👩‍⚕️
    Jun 11 3
    • 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 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
  • Google / Eng relprime
    CS is a branch of applied math.
    https://imgs.xkcd.com/comics/purity.png
    Jun 11 2
    • Amazon hot 🍞
      This will always be the conversation ender.
      Jun 11
    • New
      Uoseidon

      New

      PRE
      Yahoo
      Uoseidonmore
      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 2
    • 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
  • 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
  • Flagged by the community.

  • New / Strategy
    Porsche996

    New Strategy

    PRE
    Tesla Motors, BMW, Robert Bosch
    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 1
  • 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
  • Samsung
    chajimogo

    Samsung

    BIO
    Stressed out but surviving
    chajimogomore
    Major in TC or GTFO
    Jun 11 0
  • Facebook bajdkx
    For the math voters, what area in math?
    Jun 11 7
    • Amazon hot 🍞
      Pure math. It covers weird things like writing proofs, abstraction, multi dimension,, topology, graph theory, computation, and in addition to all of this, specific things computers can't do.
      Jun 11
    • Google / Eng relprime
      Unless you are getting a PhD, do you need to choose?
      Jun 11
    • Amazon hot 🍞
      Some universities split applied math and pure math majors, some don't.
      Jun 11
    • Instinet kolopolo
      Algebraic topology or geometry is a good way to spend time. On the "applied" side, nonlinear or set-value analysis should do the trick. ...
      Jun 11
    • Apple / Eng CodeMonk🐒
      Anything that fries your brain initially like abstract algebra and real/complex analysis. 😈
      Jun 11
    • Google / Eng relprime
      The areas that I have actually used at work... statistics, probability, combinatorics, linear algebra, abstract algebra, discrete, number theory. (complex has come up tangentially).
      Jun 11
    • Google TensorCow
      Same, plus topology, complex analysis, and lambda calculus.
      Jun 11
  • Google / Mgmt
    Ex Amazon

    Google Mgmt

    PRE
    Amazon
    Ex Amazonmore
    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?
      6d
    • Google / Mgmt
      Ex Amazon

      Google Mgmt

      PRE
      Amazon
      Ex Amazonmore
      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.
      5d
    • Google / Mgmt
      Ex Amazon

      Google Mgmt

      PRE
      Amazon
      Ex Amazonmore
      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.
      5d
  • 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
  • Ellie Mae oroU53
    Bachelor of Arts in : CRITICAL THINKING
    Jun 11 1
    • Fiat Chrysler xcleet
      That is Bachelor of Engineering my friend
      Jun 11
  • Microsoft HUyN72
    Business

    Engineer is shit.
    We are blue collar workers that get some spare money from those successful businessmen.
    Jun 11 4
    • Amazon ezy
      You don't need a degree for business
      Jun 11
    • Adobe / Eng Iwrk4RSU's
      Everything is shit GTFO
      Jun 11
    • Intuit / Eng disrespect
      Best comment ever Adobe!!
      Jun 11
    • Pinterest
      AINe20

      Pinterest

      PRE
      Facebook
      AINe20more
      Common motto among kids who switched from an engineering degree to a “business” degree after getting their ass kicked.
      Jun 12
  • EPAM Systems / IT G0621
    Management of Information Systems
    Jun 11 6
    • SolarWinds AnEngineer
      MIS is an IT degree for people who can't handle the hard parts of CS.
      Jun 11
    • Fiat Chrysler xcleet
      MIS is also done by people who can't handle mechanical engineering
      Jun 11
    • Oath OPnd70
      What does MIS have to do with ME? I mean how does the coursework at all transfer.
      Jun 11
    • Medallia Maximus8
      @AnEngineer each degree has its own purpose. Narrow minded attitude there.
      Jun 11
    • EPAM Systems 0621
      MIS is for people who can learn to code through work experience or teaching themselves, and want to learn how a business operates
      Jun 12
    • Medallia Maximus8
      Also for people with cs bachelors wanting to learn business aspect
      Jun 12
  • iHerb.com iHerbian
    If you can learn something on your own or with some local courses, there is 0 value in a college degree.
    If you want a degree, look at medical field, engineering (civil, industrial, ...) and others where a degree is either required, or it cannot be taught outside of a college.
    If you look at the 12 year olds churning out apps for phones and making millions, it’s clear you don’t need a degree for it. Furthermore, technology changes too fast and colleges are years behind.
    Just my 2c though. But why waste 100-150K and 4-5 years if you can learn it on your own for 5K in course material...
    Jun 11 0
  • Instinet kolopolo
    Mathematics. I have both CS and mathematics degrees. You'll more than likely get better at sw design with experience but studying abstraction and generality at its purest form is a chance you wont get too often.
    Jun 11 0
  • New
    \🐃

    New

    PRE
    Bank of America
    \🐃more
    Can we make up new degrees? Computational Philosophy - trolley problem, doctors dilemma etc then there would be a lot of Science Fiction - you’ll critique why some predictions did not come true. There would be coursework to write your own science fiction and reimplement some old technology that is taken for granted today, and is known to have had negative impact on the society as a whole.

    But we will still ask LC hard on phone screen.
    Jun 11 3
    • Arthrex quarks
      That's like my dream degree with a bit of Anthropology added.
      Jun 11
    • New
      \🐃

      New

      PRE
      Bank of America
      \🐃more
      Ah - how did I miss Anthropology - you gotta know where we come from to go somewhere!
      Jun 11
    • Google / Eng relprime
      I would call this Engineering Ethics. Like Biomedical Ethics. It would be cool if this were a thing.
      Jun 11
  • Netflix Nqac32
    Engineering, but then maybe a CS masters. I learned a lot about the engineering process from an EE degree, as well as a solid math background. Most of my actual programming knowledge was self-taught.
    Jun 11 2
    • AT&T GVFF88
      Not to too my UG’s horn. I majored in EE, but took a lot of liberal arts classes. Oral communication is a very underrated and long lasting skill.
      Jun 12
    • Netflix Nqac32
      +1 oral (and written) communication skills are super valuable
      Jun 12
  • Microsoft 🐁Pinky😜
    Anything with advanced math, maybe mixed with computer science (especially machine learning).

    Advanced math will let you easily work on many fields. Like machine learning / AI. If you know the math it's easy to learn the programming, but the reverse isn't true.

    It also opens up a lot of engineering jobs, etc.
    Jun 11 1
    • New / Eng
      Psynaptic

      New Eng

      BIO
      Working on Brain Machine Interfaces
      Psynapticmore
      Is counting by 3s advanced math?

      Or is that advancing math?
      Jun 12
  • Intel babubhatt
    Art history
    Jun 11 0
  • T. Rowe Price iYfv15
    Applied Math + Statistics + Comp. Sci
    Jun 11 0
  • Amazon QUfT36
    feminist dance therapy
    Jun 11 1
    • Amazon cGqH56
      <no one laughs>
      Jun 11
  • Airbnb
    Fx4kt

    Airbnb

    BIO
    K
    Fx4ktmore
    Lesbian dance theory
    Jun 11 0
  • NIO bottom
    Leetcode degree if there s any
    Jun 11 0
  • Cerner pfdP78
    Plumbing. Carpentry.
    Jun 11 0
  • Google / R&D ubjvhhfvh
    Another vote for physics here.
    Jun 11 0
  • Lytx adas
    Agriculture.
    Jun 11 6
    • New bt12321
      Super cool to actually see my degree called out here.
      Jun 11
    • Booking.com / Eng TuYg53
      Food is one of the few things absolutely required by society, and growing it efficiently is hard. I'm pretty convinced agritech is going to explode in the near future, so I've seriously considered going back for a degree in agriculture.
      Jun 11
    • Oracle / IT
      l00tb0x

      Oracle IT

      PRE
      Ericsson, National Instruments
      l00tb0xmore
      Fookin' big +1 ^
      Jun 12
    • Twitch / Acctg Yamazaki21
      I mean... It's already pretty big. Companies like Monsanto and Tyson foods are behemoths that dominate the world of agriculture
      Jun 12
    • Oracle / IT
      l00tb0x

      Oracle IT

      PRE
      Ericsson, National Instruments
      l00tb0xmore
      But do they automate it as much as they do the chemicals/herbicides/pesticides?
      Jun 12
    • AT&T GVFF88
      There’s a take on twitter that I saw that the next big thing is commodities...could make sense given a black swan
      Jun 12
  • Netflix mr.clippy
    I already picked the best degree. But if I were starting today, it would be in med school. CS will be commoditized in the next 10 years and will be overrun with people hitting the industry. TC will take a shit.
    Jun 11 4
    • Oath LxSY42
      I am kind of surprised so many people are saying CS. I can definitely see the field being winnowed down to a handful of elite Engineers and asea of machine learning technicians and webdevs churning out gruntwork that's adequate for keeping the business running, and the start of a period of relative technological stability as young millenials who have only ever known the age of web apps grow to be the senior managers making all decisions and the kids who are currently ten years old become the fresh grads who got minimal training on training neural nets without a deep understanding of how to do anything themselves.
      Jun 11
    • Netflix mr.clippy
      Yep. I see very little original software being written a decade from now. Software will be stitching together common LEGO blocks using a simple abstraction that anyone can learn to use.

      There will be a small market for rocket talent to write whatever remaining software is left to code.

      Glad I arrived when I did. This is the golden age of CS with respect to compensation at least.
      Jun 11
    • Yelp flopper
      AKA web dev today? The big companies will still have people working on the truly defining technologies.
      Jun 12
    • Netflix mr.clippy
      Yes. 10 years from now a lot of it will be like web dev today. Agree big tech will still have devs defining future tech. But nowhere near the levels that exist today.
      Jun 12
  • Google onetechguy
    One ex-developer salesman once told me: “Programming is like plumbing” lol. Get your TC now, in 20 years, it won’t be so hot like now.
    Jun 11 4
    • New YFIe06
      Or farming - a basic skill that soon everyone will need.
      Jun 11
    • New YFIe06
      And once many people know it and automation takes over, supply will be more than demand. And wouldn't be as lucrative as it is today.
      Jun 11
    • Cruise Automation brawndo
      Dumb. Tried hiring a good plumber in ca recently?
      Jun 11
    • Lyft Java.
      😂 skill difference between plumbers is much lower than skill difference between programmers
      Jun 12
  • Salesforce t00r
    Carpentry and Plumbing
    Jun 11 2
    • WSP / Data c0nfused
      Amen
      Jun 11
    • American Express vista133
      Can't be send overseas and makes
      Good money. I Approve this message.
      Jun 11
  • ActiveCampaign RJDi74
    i’ve defended it before and i’ll continue to. a literature degree helps you understand how to take a large, complex work and break it down as well as how to form an argument while gaining buy-in. it teaches you how to learn and form arguments, while also teaching how to communicate clearly and succinctly.
    Jun 11 0
  • General Motors sMIL78
    Don't listen to other people, get a degree in CS. Chicano Studies, Hispanics will take over in 2042...
    Jun 11 4
    • Meetup xq48s0
      Honestly can’t wait. Awesome people held back by perpetually shitty governments (except Chile)
      Jun 12
    • Yelp flopper
      Perpetually instated shitty governments, looking at you CIA
      Jun 12
    • Chewy / Eng
      jeasy1080

      Chewy Eng

      PRE
      Fitbit
      jeasy1080more
      That is a great response- lol
      Jun 12
    • Microsoft kcif
      Ojala, amigo!
      Jun 12
  • New
    Uoseidon

    New

    PRE
    Yahoo
    Uoseidonmore
    Philosophy, I am not kidding. Peter Thiel, Paul Graham, Reid Hoffman all majored in philosophy. If you like to lead, study philosophy; if you like to follow, study engineering.
    Jun 12 3
    • Pinterest
      AINe20

      Pinterest

      PRE
      Facebook
      AINe20more
      Might as well major in luck as well. Seriously, a lot of these guys were in the right place at the right time. Not saying they don’t have skills but there’s TONS of people out there with potential who just aren’t in the right place at the right time.

      Factoring out the luck, your best shot at making money is to have technical skills.
      Jun 12
    • Cerner pfdP78
      Lol. You think philosophy created PayPal and LinkedIn?
      Jun 12
    • Zillow Group By333ds/
      Send philosophers to a jungle and see how they die, send engineers to a jungle and see how the jungle becomes America’s number one living area.
      7d
  • Bloomberg / Eng
    WPslayer

    Bloomberg Eng

    PRE
    Fidessa
    WPslayermore
    Interpretive Dance.
    Jun 11 0
  • Facebook QIXQ16
    Dual business and CS or business and stats. I find a lot of technical degree graduates are bad at business context/strategy and pure business grads have a hard time catching up on technical skills.
    Jun 11 1
    • Oath OPnd70
      Water it down son. Info Sys and Gen Business degrees.
      Jun 11
  • New / Eng DSuU33
    Quantum computing
    Jun 11 1
    • New EVOy20
      That’s a bubble bro, same as Tesla and cryptocurrencies.
      Jun 11
  • eBay rfJq65
    Leetcode
    Jun 11 0
  • Indeed Boss Lady
    I wouldn’t waste my money.
    Jun 11 0
  • 90 degrees, and then you can become a cornerstone.
    Jun 11 0
  • Apple stankeye
    I did EE and if I could do it all over again, I’d say CS, easier path to a decent pay. The hardest but probably best degree is Engineering Physics. You’ll do ahoy loads of hard math, physics and algorithms but it’s a good balance of both science and engineering.
    Jun 11 4
    • Postmates / Eng GtXP32
      I'm pretty happy my degree was EECS and Not CS. The EE path has treated me fine so far but these TCs people are posting makes me seriously consider if I should try switching over. More sheer quantity of jobs in CS too = higher mobility.
      Jun 11
    • New / Eng jo2305
      Why the fuck does Postmates need an electrical engineer? They putting food trackers in the restaurants?
      Jun 11
    • Autodesk boba415
      I agree with apple
      Jun 11
    • Nordstrom / Eng tikimon
      @jo2305 Maybe look at their recent press releases, or even just their wikipedia page.
      Jun 11

Join verified employees in our anonymous social network! Download the app!

close