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R&D departments are always short on analysts Posted by Doug Freyburger on 10:44:51 am - April 12, 2010
That includes government research places that might or might not require a security clearance. Cleared stuff takes a ton of numerical analysis.
A lot of people like the puzzle solving of experiments. Fewer people like the number crunching aspects that pull the real meaning out of the resulting data. I have college friends who like that who've never been unemployed for over a month in their entire lives and usually not over a week. That's a better track record than I have and it took me two weeks in the middle of the 2001 tech wreck.
It isn't as exciting as Charlie in NUMB3RS but the buzzwords sure sound like it. ;^)
If you have a BS degree in almost anything science or a BA degree in math and/or extensive corporate experience in statistical analysis then you should be able to get in. Numerical analysis isn't that different industry to industry even though the terminology of what the statistics are about is.
Go to the library and find the biggest corporations and universities around. Find the contacts for their research departments. Send an intro letter then a week later call then a week later send a resume (tune each one to the company in question). A book I've mentioned recently is "48 Days to Work You Love" that has a chapter detailing the process of how to pursue jobs like that.
Once you know what you like to do then it's time to attack companies in your region to go do that. If you already have experience in it time to leverage that experience into some other industry.
How clearable are you? There are government agencies that do it by the megaton if you are sufficiently clearable. There are few enough folks who are clearable that the demand is very high for techer types.
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