6.28.2005

Q&A: How can you tell a Quant from a Scientist?

Quant

  • Are motivated by financial stability for themselves and support for their families
  • Are (therefore) conservative and loyal to their companies; seek rewards for that loyalty, such as promotion
  • Tend to migrate quickly from technical work to managerial or formal "leadership" roles

Scientist

  • Are motivated by the love of knowledge for its own sake
  • Are motivated by peer group approval and validation, acceptance by others who are working in the same area irrespective of corporate affiliation
  • Tend to remain technical further into their careers

Category: C++ Quant > Trench

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