I gather that the academic job market is very tough for theoretical computer science PhDs with a low chance of obtaining a professorship.

Some things I have read with regards to this: https://www.quora.com/What-is-the-academic-job-market-going-to-be-like-for-computational-complexity-theory-after-5-6-years https://www.reddit.com/r/compsci/comments/njdyq/so_you_want_a_phd_in_theoretical_computer_science/ https://www.quora.com/I-want-to-pursue-PhD-in-Theoretical-Computer-Science-but-I-am-concerned-with-the-job-options-What-should-I-do

If this truly is the case, I would hope it is completely reasonable to ask what fields in computer science are looking a lot better in terms of their academic job market?

My background: I am an undergraduate and have been exploring my research interests since I aspire to become a researcher in academia. I am reading a joint degree in mathematics and computer science in the UK. Naturally, TCS was one of the first fields I started looking at.

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  • I'd say that AI is unlikely to disappear in the near future – Erwan Mar 16 at 0:29
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    @Erwan It may not disappear, but it may stop growing and become saturated because there will be lots of people graduating with AI PhDs and expecting jobs. – Thomas Mar 16 at 5:01

What is hot right now doesn't actually concern you and the job market is volatile enough that in six or seven years when you enter the market it will probably be completely different. It isn't a great life choice to make decisions based on such changeable factors.

You are better advised to study something that deeply interests you so that you are more likely to become hugely successful at it and (a) hope that the market isn't terrible when you graduate and (b) be assured that it will improve in time in any case.

You also need to keep a bit of flexibility in mind as you study so that you can change with the times if necessary without losing your interest in things.

So, do what you like to do and do it well. Doing what you think will give you some 'advantage' may turn out to disappoint you in too many ways to count.

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    +1 this is the answer I would write. I would add that there is a risk that lots of people do PhDs in area X because it is hot when they start, but, when they graduate, the area is saturated with other people that had the same idea and it is no longer as hot. – Thomas Mar 16 at 7:58
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    Feel free to edit the question such that it is not looking for individual fields, matches this answer, and can be reopened. – Wrzlprmft Mar 16 at 10:13

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