QuoteOriginally posted by: albertmillsFor all the ex-scientists on these boards, did you ever consider becoming a financial analyst?From what I understand research is a major part of being a financial analyst, so if you enjoyed research as a scientist, why not consider becoming a financial analyst rather than a quant or financial engineer? Besides which a CFA is a lot cheaper than an MBA.Or maybe I'm mistaken about the research nature of being a financial analyst. If so, are there any other careers in finance where research plays a large role?It will be extremely shallow and stretch the very definition of research. If you can use the VAR and CORR functions in Excel you will be considered "vba guru". Add some random regression and R^2 to it and boom, you're doing research right there. So, yeah, it will be research in a technical sense just as Wendy's is technical healthy food when compared to, say, eating wood chips.