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Math Degree in statistic and mathematic

  1. Oct 24, 2008 #1

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    Hi! i'm on my way to get my bachelor in Statistic and mathematic with specialization in statistic....the thing is i heard a few people said that they have to go back to school because this field has no future...Now i'm kinda worry because i'm not sure if i'm in the right field. I like doing what i'm doing right now but what kind of jobs can i get from this degree? i've been thinking about switching it to software engineer but i dont know what would the future hold for that either....does anyone know??
     
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  3. Oct 24, 2008 #2
    Since you are already persuing a degree in Math or Statistics , you should just stick with it. If you are interested in it you should stick with it. Im currently a Computer Science major, and i can tell you that math skills are very sought after especially in finiance and wall street. Trust me you still would have marketable skills. If you really are interested in Computer Engineering you should just minor in it. You don't need a software engineering, to be one you just have to be technically skilled and be a problem solver. If you have a good portifilio you do fine.
     
  4. Oct 24, 2008 #3
    Yea, now's a great time to go hit up wall street or a bank for a job.

    /sigh

    There have been a few times in the past that firms were working hard to find quantitative finance people. As time has gone on, it's become more myth than reality. Right now probably all myth.

    Even at the best of times, a math/statistics BS didn't get you a job as a quant.
     
  5. Oct 24, 2008 #4
    What do you want to do? What kind of work do you want to do? What kind of job do you want to have? What kind of company or entity do you want to work for? Where are you getting your degree from? Where would you like to work?
     
  6. Oct 25, 2008 #5
    I think you have a pretty decent shot at getting a job with a B.S. in Math with a Statistics concentration. I just graduated in May with a Math degree and Stats minor and started my career (actuary) in July, and I know plenty of math majors that found jobs pretty quickly: a friend of mine works for the Census bureau, another works on weapon systems for the Navy; in fact, each of these guys were both Math majors and Statistics minors. A (stats) professor of mine used to joke about the degree: the math for fun, and the statistics to get a job. He is right: emphasize your Statistics experience. However, the math major is a valuable thing as well: emphasize problem solving skills, logical thinking skills, patience :smile:

    Computer skills can be very valuable when looking for a job. Having experience with SAS, a programming language (C++ or Java or ...), MS Excel (and if you have the time, mess around in MS Access) are definitely a plus. You don't need to be an expert with any of these programs, but you should have some knowledge of each.

    Networking can also be extremely valuable (it's how I got my job). Once you have an idea of what it is you would like to do, then start getting involved with people in the profession. Don't ask them for a job (yet), just ask them lots of questions and if possible have lunch and talk with them: see if they like the profession, what skills are necessary to excel in the profession, and so on. Also, look into job fairs - either on campus (preferred) or in your local city.

    However, all of what I wrote is meaningless until you can answer Locrian's questions: what do you want to do? There are lots of jobs out there, just find what you want and go for it!
     
  7. Oct 29, 2008 #6

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    The thing is I'm not sure what i want to do. I'm good in math and i'm good in programming. I can sit for hours doing either one. I just need to know that after school I could get a job that pays off. Especially in Canada, I don't really speak french and I don't know how hard to get a job in canada without french.
     
  8. Oct 30, 2008 #7
    how bout doign something else liek healthcare? you know thats gonna be stable.
     
  9. Oct 30, 2008 #8

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    English isn't my first language, I have a hard time getting through school without getting bad marks from all the writing courses, I don't know if I could write well enough to get me into medical school
     
  10. Oct 30, 2008 #9
    try to take ESL courses at a community college. im sure they got tutors there.
     
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