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Should I give up my PhD and master out?
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I know some people who had to analyse lots of data during their biology PhD and kind of "fell in love" with data science and data analysis.

I would pick a data heavy topic and see if data science is something for you. It's quite valueable to have people that know about biology and als data science.
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One of the professors in my MS in Data Science is a PhD student in Mathematical biology. I realize this is different than a Biology PhD, but she is a professor in a DS program which I thought might provide some hope for the biology/DS crossover :)
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I wouldn't master out.

\- I would take more stats/data science type courses and even see if you can either get a double masters (with statistics or computer science), or, instead, of using your credits for a MA/MS in Biology, using them for a MS in Stats or DS. Many universities allow you to do that, you just have to figure out the bureaucracy and talk to your advisor.

\- If you master out, you loose the opportunities to do internships. Depending which year you are at, you could apply for internships right now for current summer.

\- You need to develop a project to present during interviews and prepare for interviews. This can take a while and because the market is kind of difficult right now, at least you have the security of being a PhD student at the moment. Keep being a student and plan your path, rather than mastering out and being unemployed while figuring it out. If you get a job, ok, leave; but if you have no job, don't leave.
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Biology can be your domain.

Whether you stick with the PhD or not, focus on developing the skills needed to get into DS that you see on job adverts. Either look yourself, or there are a few youtubers and inevitably some blogs going through it. Build a portfolio also seems to be very common advice
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Hiya OP :) oddly enough we’re in the same boat! Currently writing my PhD thesis in stem cell biology/ anthelmintic resistance. Not very happy in this field so I’m looking into other options to transition to and data science seems like a potential route. Hoping to find how this is done with my current set of skills so maybe we could chat some time about how this is going for each other :)
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