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1. Agree that graduate degree(s) won't help you to stand out. If anything, they might just increase the level of expectation from you relative to your competition.

2. If you do choose to pursue a masters degree and incurring debt for it, you're doing it wrong. I got paid to earn my M.S.

3. The only position where a grad degree might help you out with will be predictive modeling or catastrophe modeling position. And here, only a grad degree in statistics or economics (or possibly pure mathematics) will be the degree to help you stand out.

4. No advantage of TA vs. RA in and of themselves . . . but you might find more "interview material" with RA position in how you deal with other people (beneficial if you ultimately want to get into management). Unless you're working with students face-to-face with the TA position for a significant portion of your time, you might not have much "interview material". Most master's program TA I've seen involve grading mountains of papers (perhaps this might help you being on an Exam Committee when you get credentialled, but it won't do squat for getting an EL) and *some* face-to-face tutoring.
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3. The only position where a grad degree might help you out with will be predictive modeling or catastrophe modeling position. And here, only a grad degree in statistics or economics (or possibly pure mathematics) will be the degree to help you stand out.
Vorian clearly forgot to mention Physics.

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Most master's program TA I've seen involve grading mountains of papers (perhaps this might help you being on an Exam Committee when you get credentialled, but it won't do squat for getting an EL) and *some* face-to-face tutoring.
Yeah, now that I think of it if you have a role that is student facing, such as I did, it would be a good idea to make this clear on a resume. Not that it will make the biggest difference but it will show that you had to communicate to others.

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Vorian clearly forgot to mention Physics.
Nope. You'd need a PhD* in that case. I think the current discussion is centered around getting a masters.


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Yeah, now that I think of it if you have a role that is student facing, such as I did, it would be a good idea to make this clear on a resume. Not that it will make the biggest difference but it will show that you had to communicate to others.
Agree . . . that is part of messaging your experience.



*This is not a sarcastic remark . . . I don't find too many people going advanced degree in Physics focused on only a masters degree unless they're going to be a secondary teacher or junior college/community college instructor. So a master's in physics might raise too many questions than it's worth in pursuing for the question at hand.
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*This is not a sarcastic remark . . . I don't find too many people going advanced degree in Physics focused on only a masters degree unless they're going to be a secondary teacher or junior college/community college instructor. So a master's in physics might raise too many questions than it's worth in pursuing for the question at hand.
I agree with this remark and would suggest going math/statistics myself if this was the end goal. Unfortunately I do believe a Physics M.S. would read poorly for job positions. However, I still think quantitatively it's on par with statistics/math, but conveying that to the person hiring would be more difficult. I think that could also be because physics isn't as well defined in some peoples minds as math/stats is.

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2. If you do choose to pursue a masters degree and incurring debt for it, you're doing it wrong. I got paid to earn my M.S.


You shouldn't be incurring debt while getting a M.S. degree in math, stats, computer science, or physics.
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