Any career advice not doing a PhD but stopping at MS in STEM?

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robertya1027

Joined Apr 23, 2022
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Hi, i'm already being accepted to a MS (master's of science), the main reason I didn't want to do a PhD is because the long research process thta could take up to 6 years. I am a physics bachelor's and I don't want to do a PhD due to time issues. Is there any possibility for me to make six figures with just a MS??
 

BobTPH

Joined Jun 5, 2013
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I got a bachelors in physics and then switched to computer science. I was in the PhD program and passed qualifiers, but I got tired of being poor, and took an MS. I don’t feel my lack of a PhD held me back in my carreer. I was making well into the six figures by the time I retired 7 years ago. That said, when I retired, my company would hire only PhDs in my field (compiler development) directly out of school.

Bob
 

MrSalts

Joined Apr 2, 2020
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Is there any possibility for me to make six figures with just a MS??
It depends. If your specialty is materials and vapor deposition for semiconductors, yes. If your specialty is astrophysics. Not likely.

it also depends if you are a hermit and want to sit in the back of the lab or if you are a communicator who can lead a research group, talk to customers, justify the economics of research investments. It all depends. 6-figures as your first job offer as a physicist is not likely. Computer engineer, chemical engineer or software engineer - more likely. Why physics?
 

KeithWalker

Joined Jul 10, 2017
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The level to which you take your education is inversely proportional to the number of job opportunities available. It's your choice but I am sure you don't want to become an over qualified dinosaur. I have met a number of those during my long career.
 

Ian Rogers

Joined Dec 12, 2012
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Not sure 6 figures is the main goal... Sure nice! But I prefer to be happy.... I don't even know if I earn that level, and I don't care.

I had my own company... I paid myself well but the stress became far too much... I probably still earn the same working for the company I'm with now, but a shed lot happier..

Over qualified is a big issue!! I wouldn't like to hear that I was over qualified... There are a lot of experienced people with lesser paperwork, that'll do the same job..
 

Irving

Joined Jan 30, 2016
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Like any role, salary is market-driven, but the opportunities change over time. I was earning 6 figures (in GBP) by my 40s (2000 on) working in a major consultancy/systems integrator with a BSc in Electronics and an MSc in Computer Science - I was involved in the early days of networking, e-commerce and e-banking and later cloud & cloud-migration - eventually running my own consultancy working with early adopters and big name vendors. My eldest son is nearly there in his late 30s in with a BSc/MSc in transport planning, my youngest is a web data analyst in his early 30s with no formal qualifications (dropped out in y2 of his BSc) but I suspect he wont be far off that within the next couple of years as its a role in high-demand and he's good at it.
 

KeithWalker

Joined Jul 10, 2017
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Not sure 6 figures is the main goal... Sure nice! But I prefer to be happy.... I don't even know if I earn that level, and I don't care.

I had my own company... I paid myself well but the stress became far too much... I probably still earn the same working for the company I'm with now, but a shed lot happier..

Over qualified is a big issue!! I wouldn't like to hear that I was over qualified... There are a lot of experienced people with lesser paperwork, that'll do the same job..
I agree with you. Money was never too important in my career goals. I worked at what I had a passion for. The money took care of its self. Now, I am not wealthy but I am very comfortably retired and have everything I could wish for. I have no debts. I own a very modest home, not a showplace mansion. My car is not new or flashy but it gets me where I need to go. My wife and I enjoy a sociable life in a small town in Canada.
I guess it all depends on what you consider important in life.
 
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