following quotes are taken from 101 Careers in Mathematics, published
by the Mathematical Association of America. In this book, 101 individuals
ranging from lawyers and doctors to software engineers talk about
of mathematics in their careers.
I attribute much of my academic success at Columbia University School
of Law to having learned, through the study of mathematics... how to analyze
complicated principles. Now I practice law in one of the country's largest
law firms. I feel I have done well in my job, and I attribute much of that
success to my facility with numbers and mathematical theory.
- Jonathan Blattmachr, Law Partner, Milbank,
Tweed, Hadley & McCloy
... I feel my training in mathematics provided me with the invaluable
ability to apply logic, reason, and careful quantitative, as well as qualitative,
analysis to my work.
Denise Commerata, Senior Engineer, Westinghouse Wireless Solutions
Most of the time some pretty fancy mathematics makes up the core of
the computer program, and so people with degrees in mathematics are often
sought after by software companies.
Judith Chapman, Senior Software Engineer, Harris Scientific Calculations
I can summarize my experience by stating that starting with mathematics
I made the best possible choice. ... the basis for nearly all science
is mathematics, and as such it provides a platform for an extremely
of career options.
Michael Covert, Senior Computer Systems Specialist, Chemical Abstracts
I am not using calculus or any other specific math course I had taken,
but I am using the precision of language and the analytical and problem-solving
skills resulting from completing my math major in college.
Sara Cullen, Senior Professional Relations Representative, Bay State
... the connection between mathematics and business became more apparent
as I began working for a major corporation. My experience with Texas Instruments
has allowed me to understand exactly how powerful mathematics is in today's
- Arnitra Duckett, Educational Markets
Manager, Texas Instruments
... I never could have imagined that my interest in mathematics would
take me so far, so fast. The strength of my mathematical background
has been very beneficial in helping me achieve my career goals.
Scott Elliott, Operations Research Analyst, FedEx Corporation
In working with ... executives and managers, I realized that they were
doing mathematics in very general ways... These leaders drew upon two primary
ideas learned from mathematical study: first, the value of structure, and,
second, confidence in orderly process.
- Harlan Mills,
Industrial Consultant, Florida Institute of Technology
My mathematical background is always being called upon for skills in
logic, the ability to recognize patterns and anomalies, and the ability to
organize large amounts of technical data and to extract needed information.
Consulting Actuary, Joan Ogden Actuaries
I thoroughly enjoy the career I've chosen, and I have no question that
I wouldn't be here if I had not started my training with a degree in mathematics.
The analytical problem-solving skills one develops working through a mathematics
curriculum are highly valuable and transferable to any future aspiration.
- Marla Prenger, Associate Scientist, Procter and Gamble
Experience in mathematics allows for a way of thinking in a structured
format. Corporations realize that many types of problems can be solved
using the analytical thought process that mathematics requires. A degree
in mathematics provides the analytical skills and methods of decision making
that are necessary in the workplace today.
- Dianne Purcell, Financial Analyst, KeyCorp
As I gain more experience with USAir, mathematics continues to be
the central focus of all that I do. Being able to translate business situations
and problems into a mathematical model is an invaluable skill to possess
in the corporate world.
- Mark Reynolds, Operations Research Manager, USAir, Inc.
I found that doing well in mathematics opened the doors to the very
best medical schools. The rigorous discipline in training in analytical
thought processes prepared me extremely well for medical school.
- Arthur Staddon, Clinical Associate Professor, University of Pennsylvania
School of Medicine
Studying mathematics gives you the tools to analyze problems and
think logically, which helps in whatever profession you choose. People
have great respect for a degree in mathematics.
- Martha Weeks, Computer Marketing Consultant, Self-employed
When seeking a mathematical position, don't be put off by titles
of jobs or work units that may not seem mathematical. Mathematicians can
pop up, and do mathematical work, all over the place.
Michael Weiss, Agricultural Economist, US Department of Agriculture