So who's hiring physicists?

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Dec 11, 2018 18 Comments

Asking for a friend.
She's finishing her post-doc in theoretical physics, and sick of it.
What's the best way for her to transition into software? Who's hiring people with non-coding, science backgrounds?
Any recommendations you guys can share?

Thanks
TC pitiful (scholarships)
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  • Booking.com enOl20
    If she moves to data science, anyone will hire her, and being a quant will be even better paid.
    Dec 11, 2018 1
    • New / Eng
      JCoM17

      New Eng

      BIO
      Structural engineer switching to data science.
      JCoM17more
      Tons of DS’s with phd in physics. If she cant find a job after a few months she can also do Insight Data Science bootcamp (free
      but takes 3-4 months)
      Dec 11, 2018
  • Uber / Eng #muga
    Data science.

    Insight data science boot camp only takes phd (candidates), and is the only data science boot camp top tech companies regularly hire from
    Dec 11, 2018 0
  • Amazon Gabe
    PM at some place like Microsoft all you need is a pulse and an H1B
    Dec 11, 2018 0
  • New suckers
    Wall st. Used to. Inquire Renaissance capital.
    Dec 11, 2018 1
    • EagleView Technologies / R&D
      klokov

      EagleView Technologies R&D

      BIO
      C++17 greater than the rest
      klokovmore
      Not as much now. When pricing credit derivatives was the rage , Wall St. loved physicists since their background was great for modeling credit derivatives trades.

      Now it’s all about getting megatons of data and running all sorts of statistical analysis and machine learning on it.

      Still if a physicist knows machine learning then they are gold.
      Dec 11, 2018
  • Varian Medical / Product
    NzLh55

    Varian Medical Product

    PRE
    Apple
    NzLh55more
    We hire physicists all the time. Mostly to do physics.
    Dec 11, 2018 0
  • Spotify iwik71
    It's not the "physicist" part that is the problem it's the "non-coding" part. People with science PhDs who successfully transition into a tech career are usually those who had a lot of exposure to programming as part of their academic research. Boot camp is ok, but I think the best course of action is learning python and SQL, then getting internal referrals for data science positions. Your friend is probably going to hate that work though. Reference: I have a physics PhD and moved to tech.
    Dec 11, 2018 2
    • Nielsen / Eng
      userperson

      Nielsen Eng

      PRE
      Google
      userpersonmore
      RS staff? How do you like it?
      Dec 11, 2018
    • Booking.com enOl20
      Yeah, I am a physicist and all my phd friends would rather grow vegetables than become programmers - and programming of sorts is compulsory in any physics degree. Fortunately, with data science or finance one can still do some science. For once - econophysics is really cool and on the rise.
      Dec 11, 2018
  • Intel cq_intel
    Not sure what her interest is but if she is in to Device physics and has some knowledge of Silicon processing then she can look for openings at Intel in either non volatile memory TD or Device TD.
    Dec 11, 2018 0
  • Nielsen / Eng
    userperson

    Nielsen Eng

    PRE
    Google
    userpersonmore
    Literally anyone. Physicists are good programmers and even better mathematicians.
    Dec 11, 2018 0
  • Microsoft / Eng Jive
    Quantum team
    Dec 11, 2018 0
  • Microsoft EMoC46
    1. Boot camp is a great idea. Data science ones are her best bet.
    2. Make use of campus recruiters while still affiliated to a university. Go to career fairs on campus.
    3. Must learn to code, but it's trivial after theoretical physics. Do a mooc on "data structures and algorithms"
    4. Apply for entry level jobs. The first job is the hardest to get. Find a team that wants to train you.
    Dec 11, 2018 0
  • Cisco Infensus
    Black Mesa
    Dec 11, 2018 0
  • Square / Eng Sh8wRd
    SQ data science teams.
    Dec 11, 2018 0
  • Hitachi Vantara DMT
    Remember: all science is either physics or stamp collecting. No one really want stamp collectors
    Dec 11, 2018 0
  • Microsoft / Eng myuter
    Pretty sure R&D wings like MSR & Moonshot companies like Google X need physicists.
    Dec 11, 2018 0