I'm currently working on multiple mini pet-projects in my spare time, grounding myself in the basics of audio signal processing, and trying to develop algorithms for polyphonic pitch detection. As I'm having a lot of joy (even in the failure) in doing so, I am considering moving into a career in signal processing (I'm aware this is a vast area!) My background is in mathematics (I have a bachelors degree in applied mathematics, so the theory and practice excites me) and I have no grounding whatsoever in electrical or electronic engineering.
I'm therefore wondering the following:
- Assuming I can develop a project portfolio demonstrating basic competence, what specific careers would be open to someone of my background in something highly geared to signal processing? I would be particularly interested in sound engineering, but would also be interested in compression algorithms and coding theory.
- Is a supplementary MSc. necessary to get my foot in the door to job positions? I am open to both industry and academic positions.
- Would an MSc. in something involving machine learning and neural networks be a.) relevant, and b.) worth the dough? I am considering getting out of industry for a year to work more on my projects in the context of such a degree programme. I am getting the impression that combined with a knowledge of signal processing, some knowledge of A.I. and self-learning systems would go a long way.
Thanks in advance for your answers.