Great jobs for math majors by Stephen Lambert, Ruth DeCotis

By Stephen Lambert, Ruth DeCotis

Nice Jobs For . . . each one publication during this sequence is helping scholars become aware of new employment probabilities, investigate strengths and pursuits, and strengthen a course for development and good fortune in a selected box. perfect for these exploring which significant to soak up university.

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Your written work is your first impression. The competitiveness of the internships today is good practice and mirrors the competitiveness of the job market in general. Books such as Internships '99 and America's Top Internships: 1999 detail the previous year's competition. Some internships receive 500 applicants for three or four available internship spots. Expect a well-chosen internship experience to stay with you for the rest of your life. That summer or term in a government agency, actuarial office, corporate research and analysis department, or with an employer in industry will become part of your experiential base as long as you are in the workforce.

All of you supported me as I balanced my commitments on an overbooked calendar of my life's events, which included taking time out to coauthor my first book with Stephen. Ruth J. DeCotis Page iv CONTENTS Acknowledgments vi Introduction Mathematics: The Perfect Formula for a Career vii Part One: The Job Search 1 Chapter 1 The Self-Assessment 2 Chapter 2 The Resume and Cover Letter 22 Chapter 3 Researching Careers 45 Chapter 4 Networking 63 Chapter 5 Interviewing 76 Chapter 6 Networking or Interviewing Follow-Up 86 Chapter 7 Job Offer Considerations 91 Chapter 8 The Graduate School Choice 96 Part Two: The Career Paths 109 Chapter 9 Introduction to the Mathematics Career Paths 110 Chapter 10 Path 1: The Math Job You Know Best: Teaching 115 Chapter 11 Path 2: Math as a Primary Skill: Actuary, Mathematician, Statistician, and Operations Research Analyst 143 Chapter 12 Path 3: Working Toward an Advanced Degree: Marketing, Research, or Financial Analyst 180 Page v Chapter 13 Path 4: Math in the Marketplace: Buyer, Sales Representative, and Purchasing Agent 210 Additional Resources 262 Index 280 Page vi ACKNOWLEDGMENTS The authors want to acknowledge the superb contributions of Ms.

Though we are still wrestling with this question, the science of mathematics has been one of the primary sources of what truths man has discovered. Certainly math has its place in history as the most challenging example of the powers of the human mind. It is not too difficult for even the average educated person among us to truly appreciate the work of the chemist dealing with molecules, the biologist with DNA, or the physicist with the black holes of space. But to approach some of the arcane heights of mathematics, not even analogies or metaphors can help us to appreciate, much less understand, the world of abstract mathematics.

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