QuoteOriginally posted by: andyusa1I have a PhD in Computer Science from a middle tier US university. I have since been in academia in various roles (research scientist, adjunct professor, consultant, etc.). Area of research - Theoretical CS and Machine Learning, applied to Bioinformatics and Natural Language Processing. Never worked in the industry full time, but have led several industry sponsored projects at my university, leading to publications, citations, press coverage, working prototypes etc. I am 35, currently single, and as a consequence of having spent all my life in low paying academic roles, in a financial mess. I have to decided to take up a position in the industry soon, and my top priority at this point is to find a financially rewarding job. In my field of research, I can at best get $110k-$140k with bonus, with measly annual pay rises. I am looking for something with a much better payoff, at least in the longer term. Does it make sense to look for a quant research/trading role?if you're not living in NYC, and not working in finance since when has 140 k been bad pay?i mean, sure it's better to make billions or millions as a hedge fund manager, but for any kind of normal job 140k sounds pretty decent. If you're doing something interesting in academia/bioinformatics, it actually sounds good. It's not like you're doing soul crushing drudgery.
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