I have an entry-level assistant trader offer from a top proprietary market making firm in Chicago that is involved with both pit and electronic trading. I also have an offer in consulting at one of the Big Four. I know these are two completely different career paths. My personality is definitely fit for trading, I am competitive, quantitative, and aggressive. However, I am fearful that trading, especially pit trading, will become obsolete. By selecting the consulting track I will have a much bigger chance at getting into a quality b-school if I ever want to switch career paths. I do not think I would have the same b-school opportunities out of a trading job. I have a few questions I hope you guys can answer: 1. What does the future look like for derivatives trading at prop firms? 2. How will the evolution to electronic trading affect the need for traders? 3. In case trading does not work out, what are some possible options in the future? 4. How respected are proprietary trading firms in the eyes of IBs in case I want to look at corporate finance later on? I see trading as a lifestyle, and if I do take the trading opportunity I look forward to succeeding. My hesitations stem from a lack of an engineering/computer science background and the possibility of a decreased demand for traders.