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Career prospects working in Data Science with a Pure Math and Aerospace Engineering Background?

  • 1.  Career prospects working in Data Science with a Pure Math and Aerospace Engineering Background?

    Posted Tue March 12, 2019 10:09 AM
    I have been told repeatedly that the type of degree you get can serve as a barrier to entry for employment.

    If you do not have a degree in the specific field and related work experience, people are likely to question your usefulness. Thus, I have a scenario that might become my future:

    I have a Bachelor's Degree in Mathematics and a Minor in Computer Science.

    Suppose over the next three years I obtain one to two years full time experience as an entry level Associate Data Scientist. Next, I decide to enroll into an Aerospace Engineering Master's Degree, and I simultaneous work three years part time in Data Analysis and Software Development as I complete the degree.

    The Master's Degree I entered had a research thesis option, and I decide to specialize in creating, testing and simulating Embedded AI Control Systems for autonomously flying unmanned aircraft. I complete my research thesis, do an internship with an Aerospace Company, and try to get / find time for a Data Science internship.

    I will always take at least six courses in Random Stochastic Processes, Machine Learning Theory, Deep / Reinforcement Learning, Bayesian Statistics, High Dimensional Statistics, Data Mining, Parallel Computing, and Data Wrangling.

    After graduating, I would try to find employment designing embedded AI systems in aircraft. If I really enjoy the work, there's a good chance this becomes a PhD in something like embedded AI flight controls for evasive maneuvers and I do another two internships while trying to put a small Data Science spin on my research.

    How would you evaluate someone as above with just a Master's in Aerospace Engineering once they reached out to make an employment pitch and applied for a Data Science position at your company with a reference?

    What if this person made a pitch and applied with a reference to the same position at your company while having an Aerospace PhD and three years experience in Aerospace Industry?

    What could excite you about a person studying Aerospace, and what might they lack vs. other candidates?

    I really like the idea Aerospace and want to seriously try it out. However, I'm afraid of the fact that Aerospace Engineers only have an expected 5% to 9% job growth with 3000 new jobs over the next 8 years. I want to be versatile.

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    Bryan Atkinson
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