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?
TC pitiful (scholarships)
Asking for a friend.
- Booking.com enOl20If she moves to data science, anyone will hire her, and being a quant will be even better paid.
- Spotify iwik71It'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.
- Booking.com enOl20Yeah, 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.
- EagleView Technologies / R&D klokovmoreNot 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.
- Microsoft EMoC461. 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.