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Make a Career in Quantitative Finance

Making a career in quantitative finance usually means getting hired by an asset management firm, a specialized software development firm or an investment bank. You will have to have to start your journey from any one of the business types mentioned above even if you have set better goals for yourself.

So, what exactly you should do to become a quantitative finance expert as far as your education is concerned? The list below will tell you about the kind of academic qualifications you should have for becoming a qualified quant.

Like any other respectable profession, you’ll need an undergraduate degree. The degree should be preferably in computer science, engineering, physics or mathematics. Whatever might be the course, it should have a mathematical component.

If you want to get a better paid job, we would suggest you to get a postgraduate degree in the same subject you studies during graduation. Getting a post graduate degree is even more important for individuals who want to make a career in quantitative finance, but has not studied any of the four subjects mentioned above during graduation. For those people, there’s always an option of studying computer science or computer applications when doing masters.

You can also do your maters in financial engineering. This subject is directly linked with quantitative finance and will educate you about all the significant areas of this field including stochastic calculus, probability/measure theory, derivatives pricing theory, and a range of programming languages.

If you don’t have enough time to study or wait more before you begin earning, but have the desire of becoming a quant, you will have to learn the following subjects by heart.

  • The first subject you will have to learn is probability. It’s the most basic aspect of quantitative finance. If you don’t comprehend the probabilistic concepts, you will never be able to work effectively as a quant.
  • Next, you will have to learn stochastic calculus. This is a tool all quantitative finance experts need for manipulating the widely talked-about Black-Scholes model. For those who don’t know: manipulating this model often becomes necessary for derivatives pricing.
  • The next subject you must learn is statistics. Your statistics intuition must be of high level for you to achieve success as a quantitative finance expert. We would suggest you to work under an experience professional of this field for a few years to develop knowledge about statistics. You cannot become an expert statistician just by reading books; having practical experience is a must.
  • The final things you must concentrate on are programming languages. If you want to work in a bank, learn C++, C# and Java. If you have the desire of working in an asset management firm, we would suggest you to learn MATLAB, Python, R and C++.