My question is similar to this one
but slightly different: what can I do with an MS in Math degree, if I don't continue for a PhD?
I wrote an MS thesis, spent about a year with a good research lab on campus, and have made good progress in research. The feedback I've gotten from the lab directors has been pretty good.
The problem now is that I'm testing the job market, and currently nobody really seems to want me or value me. They don't seem to care that I wrote a thesis or worked in a research lab. And, people are taking a long time in getting back to me on the phone, on email, etc.
This is interesting to experience; however, how can I figure out which companies or industries will actually value someone with my background?
I've been looking for entry-level to mid-career finance positions, at banks and hedge funds -- nobody seems to want to talk seriously with me yet.
(I have a bit of coding experience but not a fully developed computer science background, e.g. I don't know anything about operating systems or compilers.)
For context: I'm in the United States :)