Do I need the PhD to work in industry?
June 14, 2009 9:42 AM Subscribe
I want a PhD in Mathematics, but I do not want to stay in academia. Is it worth it?
posted by alligatorman to Education (11 answers total) 5 users marked this as a favorite
I would like to go into industry immediately after getting my PhD.
My question is: Is it worth it? Will having a PhD give me opportunities that I can never have otherwise?
My interests are in discrete mathematics: combinatorics, graph theory, algorithms, etc. I've been told by someone who works in the computer tech industry that he knows of a lot of companies that hire mathematicians for work in algorithms, optimization and other things that I wouldn't mind doing.
Would I be wasting my time going for a PhD? Could I ultimately be doing work that a PhD does with just a Masters (ideally funded by the company) and some experience? If so, would I even be able to land a position with such prospects with just a Bachelors degree and no related work experience?
I want to continue to do mathematics that I find interesting, but I don't want to go through what's necessary to become a tenured professor.
Any advice would be greatly appreciated.