(I am not sure if this is an academia question. So feel free to flag/take it down if this is not the right forum to ask)

My question is specific to the context of Computer Science/Computer Engineering in the US. I assume industries hire graduate degree holders for positions where the degree requirement is:

  • (1) MS or Ph.D, or

  • (2) only Ph.D

Even with the second category (2) "Only Ph.D" I assume (again) there could be 2 types of jobs :

  • (2.1) Research based roles

  • (2.2) Engineering/development role with no research component.

My question is: What makes (2.2) special that it needs a Ph.D and so cannot be done with an MS?

Again, I could be over-simplifying things here and over-assuming (or even plain wrongly assuming), but since I haven't had such industry exposure, I am just very curious to understand how things work in the industry for Ph.D graduates.

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    Jobs in (2.2) aren't really in our wheelhouse; we are mostly researchers and/or instructors. You might try The Workplace, though you should read their rules before posting, you might need to rephrase. But moreover: do you have some examples of actual jobs in category 2.2, or are you just imagining that there might be jobs in this category? I would be surprised to learn that there are many such jobs in reality.
    – cag51
    Dec 17, 2022 at 3:00
  • I am probably imagining (2.2), or just rewritten (1) as (2.2) , in which case (2.2) gets invalidated from even being a part of (2). I will post it in "The Workplace" and get back. I never knew a "The Workplace" stack exchange existed. Thanks!
    – Neb Uzer
    Dec 17, 2022 at 3:13
  • Degree requirements are usually minimums. I hire masters and PhDs (I don’t do medical/bio so I’ve never seen an MD applicant) for R&D jobs from the same posting requirements. Do you meet the posting requirements? Apply, and make sure you highlight how you meet the desired attributes as well.
    – Jon Custer
    Dec 17, 2022 at 14:26


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