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MATHEMATICIAN: Teaching Math In India At A Biology Institute

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David a Mathematician, describes his typical day teaching math at a Biology Institute and helping scientists with mathematical issues in their research. He shares his career path from Ph.D student to math teacher in India and talks about what he's learned on the job. David's advice is to find something that interests you and learn as much as you can about it early on because that information will be useful to you as you move forward.

Degree: Mathematics
Job Title: Mathematician

Job Summary: Mathematical Science Teachers, Postsecondary

Job Description

Mathematical Science Teachers teach courses pertaining to mathematical concepts, statistics, and actuarial science and to the application of original and standardized mathematical techniques in solving specific problems and situations. Includes both teachers primarily engaged in teaching and those who do a combination of teaching and research.

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$55,000 - $70,000
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8 to 14 percent
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Part-time, Full-time, Flexible, Irregular
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Master's degree
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m='9660'>but not</span> <span m='9770'>even to a</span> <span m='10190'>computer.</span> <span m='10570'>So</span> <span m='10720'>I</span> <span m='10810'>can</span> <span m='10940'>be</span> <span m='11390'>here</span> <span m='11600'>in</span> <span m='11660'>Berkeley</span> <span m='12020'>right</span> <span m='12230'>now.</span> </p><p><span m='14190'>I'm visiting</span> <span m='14410'>my</span> <span m='14550'>folks,</span> <span m='15150'>visiting old</span> <span m='15650'>friends</span> <span m='16600'>10,000</span> <span m='17140'>miles</span> <span m='17380'>away from</span> <span m='17610'>my</span> <span m='17730'>job,</span> <span m='18330'>because</span> <span m='18840'>it's</span> <span m='19000'>flexible</span> <span m='19240'>enough</span> <span m='19720'>that</span> <span m='19960'>I</span> <span m='20200'>can</span> <span m='21030'>continue</span> <span m='21890'>some of</span> <span m='22060'>my</span> <span m='22160'>work</span> <span m='22420'>here.</span> <span m='22690'>And</span> <span m='22790'>then</span> <span m='22920'>I</span> <span m='22980'>can</span> <span m='23170'>schedule my</span> <span m='23640'>classes</span> <span m='24340'>when</span> <span m='24820'>it's</span> <span m='24950'>convenient.</span> <span m='25930'>And in</span> <span m='26390'>industry and</span> <span m='26870'>things</span> <span m='27030'>like</span> <span m='27160'>that,</span> <span m='27350'>you</span> <span m='28090'>do</span> <span m='28210'>have</span> <span m='28360'>a</span> <span m='28400'>master.</span> <span m='28740'>You've</span> <span m='28870'>got</span> <span m='28980'>to</span> <span m='29030'>keep</span> <span m='29200'>certain</span> <span m='29410'>regular</span> <span m='29720'>hours,</span> <span m='29980'>and</span> <span m='30060'>it's</span> <span m='30180'>nice</span> <span m='30470'>that</span> <span m='30660'>I</span> <span m='30710'>have</span> <span m='31170'>the</span> <span m='31250'>flexibility,</span> <span m='31690'>both</span> <span m='32180'>day</span> <span m='32280'>to</span> <span m='32380'>day</span> <span m='32600'>that</span> <span m='32790'>I</span> <span m='33000'>can keep up.</span> </p><p><span m='33720'>I'm</span> <span m='34080'>a</span> <span m='34170'>night</span> <span m='34350'>owl,</span> <span m='34770'>and</span> <span m='34930'>I</span> <span m='34990'>can</span> <span m='35160'>come</span> <span m='35340'>in</span> <span m='35440'>late</span> <span m='35890'>in</span> <span m='36020'>the</span> <span m='36080'>morning</span> <span m='36320'>to</span> <span m='36410'>work,</span> <span m='36610'>and</span> <span m='36720'>work late.</span> <span m='37270'>And</span> <span m='37480'>that's</span> <span m='37720'>fine.</span> <span m='38060'>And</span> <span m='38170'>I</span> <span m='38230'>can</span> <span m='38770'>take</span> <span m='38920'>a</span> <span m='38970'>long</span> <span m='39140'>Christmas</span> <span m='39430'>vacation,</span> <span m='40060'>and</span> <span m='40170'>that's</span> <span m='40370'>fine.</span> <span m='41470'>And in</span> <span m='41690'>some</span> <span m='41840'>fields,</span> <span m='42090'>you</span> <span m='42170'>just</span> <span m='42340'>simply</span> <span m='42540'>don't</span> <span m='42690'>have</span> <span m='42890'>that luxury.</span> <span m='43520'>What</span> <span m='43790'>I</span> <span m='43820'>was</span> <span m='43930'>getting</span> <span m='44130'>at</span> <span m='44200'>earlier,</span> <span m='44390'>with</span> <span m='44490'>what</span> <span m='44620'>I</span> <span m='44640'>was</span> <span m='44750'>learning</span> <span m='44990'>is</span> <span m='45120'>challenging.</span> </p><p><span m='45490'>Certainly,</span> <span m='45780'>there's</span> <span m='45920'>sort</span> <span m='46070'>of</span> <span m='46480'>figuring</span> <span m='46680'>out</span> <span m='47350'>the</span> <span m='47420'>human</span> <span m='47660'>aspects</span> <span m='47970'>of</span> <span m='48010'>how</span> <span m='48130'>to</span> <span m='48620'>optimize</span> <span m='49080'>my</span> <span m='49190'>teaching,</span> <span m='50110'>and</span> <span m='50250'>of</span> <span m='50330'>course,</span> <span m='50540'>the</span> <span m='50640'>research</span> <span m='50930'>itself.</span> <span m='51290'>So</span> <span m='51530'>I</span> <span m='51900'>both</span> <span m='52010'>teach and</span> <span m='52510'>do</span> <span m='52630'>research.</span> <span m='52990'>And</span> <span m='53630'>research</span> <span m='54090'>is</span> <span m='54230'>awfully</span> <span m='54470'>hard.</span> </p><p><span m='54700'>And</span> <span m='54760'>that's</span> <span m='54940'>why</span> <span m='56430'>there's</span> <span m='56600'>no</span> <span m='56710'>point in</span> <span m='56920'>going</span> <span m='57140'>into</span> <span m='57270'>it, unless</span> <span m='57570'>you're</span> <span m='57980'>dedicated</span> <span m='58440'>to</span> <span m='58540'>it,</span> <span m='58600'>because</span> <span m='60110'>it's</span> <span m='60240'>not</span> <span m='60390'>easy.</span> <span m='60690'>There</span> <span m='61150'>are</span> <span m='61230'>fields</span> <span m='61520'>where</span> <span m='61940'>you</span> <span m='62100'>can</span> <span m='62610'>maybe</span> <span m='62980'>punch</span> <span m='63260'>the</span> <span m='63360'>clock</span> <span m='63680'>and</span> <span m='63880'>it</span> <span m='64069'>works</span> <span m='64300'>OK.</span> <span m='64569'>But</span> <span m='65680'>mathematics</span> <span m='66250'>and</span> <span m='66410'>science,</span> <span m='69110'>there are</span> <span m='69230'>so much</span> <span m='69360'>difficult</span> <span m='69650'>things,</span> <span m='69850'>you</span> <span m='69910'>have</span> <span m='70010'>to</span> <span m='70140'>love it.</span> </p><p><span m='70640'>I was</span> <span m='71140'>always</span> <span m='71460'>interested</span> <span m='71850'>in</span> <span m='71910'>mathematics.</span> <span m='72420'>And</span> <span m='72860'>actually,</span> <span m='73570'>what</span> <span m='73720'>made</span> <span m='73840'>the</span> <span m='73920'>difference</span> <span m='74180'>for</span> <span m='74260'>me</span> <span m='74390'>was</span> <span m='74520'>sort</span> <span m='74680'>of</span> <span m='75030'>realizing</span> <span m='75750'>that</span> <span m='75920'>there</span> <span m='76020'>was</span> <span m='77490'>such</span> <span m='77710'>a</span> <span m='77780'>career</span> <span m='77990'>path.</span> <span m='78450'>I had</span> <span m='78610'>heard</span> <span m='78900'>of</span> <span m='79400'>physicists</span> <span m='79695'>and</span> <span m='79990'>chemists</span> <span m='80400'>and such,</span> <span m='80730'>but</span> <span m='80890'>I</span> <span m='81010'>didn't</span> <span m='81210'>know</span> <span m='81330'>that</span> <span m='81490'>there</span> <span m='81600'>were</span> <span m='81650'>people who</span> <span m='81970'>still</span> <span m='82150'>did</span> <span m='82230'>mathematics</span> <span m='82740'>until I was</span> <span m='83060'>maybe a</span> <span m='83260'>teenager and I</span> <span m='83740'>started</span> <span m='83930'>taking</span> <span m='84170'>classes</span> <span m='84440'>at</span> <span m='84530'>the</span> <span m='84610'>local</span> <span m='84880'>college.</span> <span m='85720'>So</span> <span m='85870'>the</span> <span m='85970'>crucial</span> <span m='86250'>thing</span> <span m='86390'>was</span> <span m='86510'>that</span> <span m='86630'>I</span> <span m='87030'>sort</span> <span m='87150'>of</span> <span m='87220'>explored</span> <span m='87550'>beyond</span> <span m='88600'>a</span> <span m='88680'>subject</span> <span m='89010'>that I was</span> <span m='89180'>interested in.</span> </p><p><span m='89750'>I explored</span> <span m='90180'>what</span> <span m='90330'>was</span> <span m='90450'>available</span> <span m='91000'>even</span> <span m='91170'>beyond</span> <span m='91400'>my</span> <span m='91480'>school,</span> <span m='91810'>because</span> <span m='92450'>my school</span> <span m='92840'>simply</span> <span m='93060'>didn't</span> <span m='93250'>have</span> <span m='93380'>the</span> <span m='93450'>resources.</span> <span m='94310'>And</span> <span m='95490'>on</span> <span m='95670'>exploring</span> <span m='96000'>further,</span> <span m='96130'>I</span> <span m='96280'>discovered</span> <span m='96690'>that</span> <span m='97060'>there's</span> <span m='97250'>a</span> <span m='97390'>whole world</span> <span m='97700'>there,</span> <span m='97890'>and</span> <span m='97980'>a</span> <span m='98210'>job</span> <span m='98460'>path</span> <span m='98750'>that</span> <span m='98940'>was quite</span> <span m='99360'>amiable</span> <span m='99980'>that I</span> <span m='100420'>ended</span> <span m='100610'>up</span> <span m='101640'>taking.</span> <span m='101960'>Since</span> <span m='102290'>I</span> <span m='102500'>was</span> <span m='103250'>15,</span> <span m='103570'>that</span> <span m='103710'>was</span> <span m='103840'>sort</span> <span m='104000'>of</span> <span m='104100'>a</span> <span m='104210'>trajectory</span> <span m='104640'>I'd been on.</span> </p><p><span m='105910'>Because</span> <span m='106240'>mathematicians</span> <span m='106920'>are</span> <span m='107010'>somehow</span> <span m='107230'>cheap,</span> <span m='108120'>they</span> <span m='108210'>don't</span> <span m='108380'>have</span> <span m='109030'>expensive</span> <span m='109430'>lab</span> <span m='109790'>setups</span> <span m='110140'>like</span> <span m='110270'>a</span> <span m='110330'>physicist</span> <span m='110740'>or a</span> <span m='110840'>chemist</span> <span m='111150'>might.</span> <span m='113650'>And</span> <span m='113830'>because</span> <span m='114150'>the</span> <span m='114220'>number</span> <span m='114430'>of</span> <span m='114490'>people</span> <span m='114760'>is</span> <span m='114840'>not</span> <span m='115020'>so</span> <span m='115170'>vast,</span> <span m='116330'>usually</span> <span m='117670'>you</span> <span m='117850'>might</span> <span m='118060'>struggle</span> <span m='118370'>for</span> <span m='118510'>a few</span> <span m='118600'>years</span> <span m='118790'>to</span> <span m='118880'>find</span> <span m='119090'>something.</span> </p><p><span m='119370'>People</span> <span m='119630'>bounce</span> <span m='119950'>from</span> <span m='120120'>temporary</span> <span m='120460'>post to</span> <span m='120880'>temporary post</span> <span m='121970'>for four,</span> <span m='122100'>five</span> <span m='122290'>years</span> <span m='122450'>sometimes.</span> <span m='122870'>But</span> <span m='123190'>they</span> <span m='123330'>find</span> <span m='123520'>something</span> <span m='123750'>eventually.</span> <span m='124190'>And</span> <span m='124470'>people</span> <span m='124690'>help</span> <span m='124900'>each other out.</span> <span m='125250'>It's</span> <span m='125420'>not</span> <span m='125520'>a</span> <span m='125540'>very</span> <span m='125700'>competitive</span> <span m='126110'>field.</span> <span m='126980'>People</span> <span m='128009'>find</span> <span m='128259'>someone</span> <span m='128550'>in their</span> <span m='128650'>field</span> <span m='128780'>who's</span> <span m='129000'>good</span> <span m='129199'>who</span> <span m='129300'>doesn't have</span> <span m='129400'>a</span> <span m='129479'>job.</span> <span m='129750'>They</span> <span m='130590'>ask around.</span> </p><p><span m='131160'>They</span> <span m='131230'>try</span> <span m='131380'>and</span> <span m='131460'>find</span> <span m='131630'>something.</span> <span m='131900'>Does this</span> <span m='132240'>person</span> <span m='132480'>have</span> <span m='132620'>some extra</span> <span m='132970'>funding</span> <span m='133620'>that</span> <span m='133740'>he</span> <span m='133820'>can</span> <span m='133940'>use</span> <span m='134100'>to</span> <span m='134190'>finance</span> <span m='134540'>a</span> <span m='134590'>position,</span> <span m='135030'>things</span> <span m='135220'>like</span> <span m='135350'>this.</span> <span m='135570'>And</span> <span m='135680'>so</span> <span m='136110'>it's</span> <span m='136290'>very</span> <span m='136450'>cooperative</span> <span m='137090'>field.</span> <span m='137375'>People are</span> <span m='137660'>sort</span> <span m='137840'>of</span> <span m='137930'>are</span> <span m='138480'>small</span> <span m='138950'>and</span> <span m='139520'>interconnected.</span> <span m='139830'>And</span> <span m='140140'>People</span> <span m='140410'>sort</span> <span m='140560'>of</span> <span m='141360'>want</span> <span m='141690'>to</span> <span m='141780'>encourage</span> <span m='142060'>people</span> <span m='142270'>to</span> <span m='142350'>stay in it.</span> </p><p><span m='144130'>And in some</span> <span m='144270'>other</span> <span m='144410'>fields</span> <span m='144750'>where</span> <span m='145840'>my</span> <span m='146030'>discovery</span> <span m='146440'>means</span> <span m='146700'>that</span> <span m='146890'>you</span> <span m='146970'>don't</span> <span m='147110'>get</span> <span m='147220'>credit</span> <span m='147410'>for</span> <span m='147520'>something,</span> <span m='148375'>it</span> <span m='148820'>doesn't</span> <span m='149040'>work</span> <span m='149190'>quite</span> <span m='149360'>like</span> <span m='149500'>that.</span> <span m='149680'>And</span> <span m='149810'>it's</span> <span m='149940'>not</span> <span m='150080'>true</span> <span m='150190'>for</span> <span m='150350'>mathematics.</span> <span m='150840'>It's a</span> <span m='151180'>very cooperative</span> <span m='151570'>environment,</span> <span m='152020'>which</span> <span m='152160'>is</span> <span m='152200'>one</span> <span m='152320'>of</span> <span m='152360'>the</span> <span m='152400'>things</span> <span m='152610'>I</span> <span m='152650'>like.</span> <span m='152950'>It's very</span> <span m='153140'>low</span> <span m='153270'>stress,</span> <span m='154146'>so it's</span> <span m='154622'>not cutthroat.</span> </p><p><span m='155100'>That's</span> <span m='155350'>one of the</span> <span m='155480'>things</span> <span m='155820'>I</span> <span m='155860'>like</span> <span m='156040'>best</span> <span m='156330'>about</span> <span m='156480'>the</span> <span m='156550'>field,</span> <span m='156770'>because</span> <span m='157040'>I</span> <span m='157090'>have</span> <span m='157250'>the</span> <span m='157280'>great</span> <span m='157490'>flexibility,</span> <span m='157940'>so</span> <span m='158050'>I</span> <span m='158130'>can</span> <span m='159100'>go</span> <span m='159220'>see</span> <span m='159370'>family.</span> <span m='159670'>I</span> <span m='159740'>live</span> <span m='159900'>very</span> <span m='160090'>far</span> <span m='160260'>away</span> <span m='160490'>from</span> <span m='160800'>my</span> <span m='160910'>family.</span> <span m='161250'>My family is in</span> <span m='161530'>California.</span> <span m='161900'>I</span> <span m='161990'>live</span> <span m='162130'>in</span> <span m='162190'>India.</span> </p><p><span m='162730'>And</span> <span m='164110'>so</span> <span m='164220'>being</span> <span m='164410'>able</span> <span m='164620'>to</span> <span m='164800'>have</span> <span m='165010'>a</span> <span m='165060'>flexible</span> <span m='165670'>schedule</span> <span m='166090'>is</span> <span m='166220'>absolutely</span> <span m='166680'>crucial</span> <span m='166960'>thing.</span> <span m='167180'>But</span> <span m='167330'>on</span> <span m='167440'>top</span> <span m='167610'>of</span> <span m='167690'>that,</span> <span m='169120'>today,</span> <span m='170070'>the</span> <span m='170170'>fact</span> <span m='170390'>that</span> <span m='170470'>I</span> <span m='170520'>can</span> <span m='170680'>sort</span> <span m='170860'>of</span> <span m='171120'>arrange</span> <span m='171570'>my hours</span> <span m='171740'>as</span> <span m='172010'>I</span> <span m='172050'>prefer,</span> <span m='173620'>shift</span> <span m='173850'>them</span> <span m='173990'>around</span> <span m='174240'>when</span> <span m='174580'>I</span> <span m='174670'>need to</span> <span m='174925'>go out</span> <span m='175180'>of town</span> <span m='175680'>for</span> <span m='175780'>something,</span> <span m='176210'>I</span> <span m='176320'>can</span> <span m='177090'>teach</span> <span m='177190'>an extra</span> <span m='177530'>class</span> <span m='177810'>next</span> <span m='178050'>week</span> <span m='178270'>and</span> <span m='178540'>not teach</span> <span m='178900'>one</span> <span m='179010'>this</span> <span m='179170'>week</span> <span m='179740'>and</span> <span m='179860'>things</span> <span m='180040'>like</span> <span m='180170'>that.</span> <span m='180340'>So</span> <span m='180980'>for me,</span> <span m='181300'>since</span> <span m='181480'>I</span> <span m='181530'>like</span> <span m='181680'>to</span> <span m='181760'>travel</span> <span m='182130'>a</span> <span m='182150'>lot</span> <span m='182380'>and</span> <span m='182490'>I</span> <span m='182550'>like</span> <span m='182780'>to</span> <span m='183320'>go</span> <span m='183440'>around</span> <span m='183700'>town</span> <span m='184770'>and</span> <span m='185290'>do a</span> <span m='185330'>lot</span> <span m='185480'>of</span> <span m='185560'>things,</span> <span m='186010'>the</span> <span m='186840'>flexibility</span> <span m='187330'>of</span> <span m='187390'>the career</span> <span m='187620'>is just</span> <span m='187860'>immensely</span> <span m='188160'>useful.</span> </p>","file":{"id":331585,"video_id":"2995484466001","name":"1717-David-p-Mathematician 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