Most "Cerebral" Area of Finance
What is the most "cerebral" area of finance?
Grad: Ms Finance (STEM heavy program)
Ideally, I'd do my PhD in Econ or Fin and become a research professor. But I am not in a position to spend 3-4 years on more school and professorship doesn't pay enough.
What area of finance+ is most akin to professorship; i.e., involves the most intellectual curiosity, learning, thinking, processing, creativity, etc.?
Alternatively: what area involves the least administrative bs (checking boxes, filing forms no one will ever see, etc.)
I get that I am probably describing everyone's ideal job. No one wants to file forms, and everyone wants to be Father Milt (-on Friedman). But I am asking anyway.
I know it is probably Quant, but what about for someone without the math/CS background?