|How valuable is an advanced degree? firstname.lastname@example.org (Mari Cheves) (1999-07-30)|
|Re: How valuable is an advanced degree? email@example.com (Taylor Hutt) (1999-08-01)|
|From:||Mari Cheves <firstname.lastname@example.org>|
|Date:||30 Jul 1999 22:43:50 -0400|
|Organization:||TUNL - Duke University|
Please forgive me if this post is off-topic -- I'm hoping that this
group is primarily read by experienced compiler developers who won't
mind sharing a little advice with a somewhat naive newcomer. I
searched the newsgroup's archive, but have been unable to find any
previous posts which address my current dilemma.
My eventual goal is to work in commercial compiler development, and I
am trying to decide on the best path to lead me there. In the next
few weeks, I must figure out which of the following options for how to
spend the next year would be more beneficial for my career, both
short-term (as I am having trouble finding a job working on compilers
at my current level of education/experience) and long-term: a)
completing the MSCS with a compiler-related thesis (hoping to get a
compiler job immediately after graduation), or b) finding any
programming job (hoping to get some industry experience and then after
a couple of years move into compilers).
A little background: I have a BS in physics and a full-time job in a
nuclear physics lab in which I spend about 10% of my time programming.
Last year I began working on the master's degree part-time in addition
to my job before deciding that there wasn't enough time in the day to
I have looked at many advertisements for compiler engineers, and they
seem to be split about 2:1 in favor of not requiring an advanced
degree. What I'm hoping for now is that some of you with real-world
experience can provide some insight into just how valuable an advanced
degree is in this field.
[Well, I have a PhD and it made no difference at all in the stuff I
want to do, although I already had a CS undergrad degree. There's all
sorts of compiler jobs, and I expect that an MS would help you get
some of the more interesting ones. -John]
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