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Comment Re:I am afraid (Score 1) 219

Unfortunately, there's something to that. Over the last 35 years I've done just about every job there is in software development, and the vast majority of it more strongly resembles a skilled trade than a scientific pursuit. Since I have no desire to be a researcher or a manager, I prefer it that way.

Chalkboard-based computer science that starts with phrases like "let sigma represent..." has been a very small part of the work I and my peers have done, usually around conversations about it deadlocking, running in quadratic time, and whatnot. We build things, and we use a pretty well-defined set of skills to do that, skills that do not have to be taught as part of a baccalaureate degree. (OTOH, things like political science and psychology, which you wouldn't get in a trade school, have direct application to working in large organizations.)

I married a chemist, and our best friends are a mathematician and a biologist with PhDs. I am NO scientist.

Comment Re:Excellent news (Score 1) 62

That's not the way it works. You get hired to do the job you're going to do, at full salary, and you do it initially under a provisional clearance, while your full clearance is being processed. If the work is sensitive enough that provisionally clearing people is too dangerous, then already having the appropriate clearance is made a prerequisite for the job.

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