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MATH SCHOLAR, IN-DEPTH: Companies Value A Mathematician's Ability To Apply Abstract Skills To Resolve Issues

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Alexander is a Math Scholar, he shares what he likes most about his job, its challenges, his key decision and his work-life balance as a scholar. Mathematicians can find work at insurance companies and banks where they can use their abstract skills to figure out and resolve issues, plus being able to see things from a bigger perspective are traits highly valued by companies.

Degree: Mathematics
Job Title: Visitng Scholar - Mathematicsr

Job Summary: Mathematicians

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Mathematicians use high-level mathematics and technology to develop new mathematical principles, understand relationships between existing principles, and solve real-world problems.

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$55,000 - $155,000
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10 to 20 percent
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Analytical skills, Problem solving skills, Technical skills, Detail oriented, Mathematical skills, Written communication skills

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<span m='11030'>got</span> <span m='11290'>it</span> <span m='11410'>in</span> <span m='11520'>a</span> <span m='11570'>way</span> <span m='11940'>that you can</span> <span m='12370'>explain</span> <span m='12710'>to</span> <span m='12990'>others,</span> <span m='13190'>and</span> <span m='13990'>can</span> <span m='14440'>enlighten</span> <span m='14980'>other</span> <span m='15210'>people</span> <span m='15390'>about</span> <span m='15550'>what</span> <span m='15700'>you've</span> <span m='16105'>got,</span> <span m='16510'>and write</span> <span m='16770'>it</span> <span m='16860'>down.</span> <span m='17720'>Then</span> <span m='17840'>you</span> <span m='18640'>really</span> <span m='19670'>understand</span> <span m='20300'>which</span> <span m='20420'>is</span> <span m='20520'>really</span> <span m='20710'>complicated,</span> <span m='21720'>that's</span> <span m='21960'>a</span> <span m='22010'>really</span> <span m='22210'>nice</span> <span m='22540'>feeling.</span> <span m='22940'>And</span> <span m='23265'>that's,</span> <span m='23590'>I</span> <span m='23690'>think,</span> <span m='23850'>what</span> <span m='24080'>I</span> <span m='24190'>like most</span> <span m='24520'>about my</span> <span m='24820'>job.</span> </p><p><span m='25950'>To</span> <span m='26170'>keep</span> <span m='26360'>focused,</span> <span m='26870'>I</span> <span m='26970'>guess.</span> <span m='28110'>As I</span> <span m='28320'>said,</span> <span m='28680'>it</span> <span m='28740'>can</span> <span m='28910'>take</span> <span m='29190'>you</span> <span m='29610'>maybe</span> <span m='29860'>weeks,</span> <span m='30180'>or even</span> <span m='30410'>months</span> <span m='30700'>to</span> <span m='30790'>figure</span> <span m='31000'>out</span> <span m='31740'>some</span> <span m='32340'>results.</span> <span m='33360'>It</span> <span m='33460'>might</span> <span m='33650'>be</span> <span m='33730'>interesting,</span> <span m='34190'>it</span> <span m='34210'>might</span> <span m='34430'>not</span> <span m='34600'>be</span> <span m='34720'>interesting.</span> <span m='35825'>You</span> <span m='36250'>may</span> <span m='37020'>walk</span> <span m='37270'>a</span> <span m='37760'>wrong</span> <span m='37980'>path.</span> <span m='38310'>You</span> <span m='38410'>may</span> <span m='38590'>try</span> <span m='38780'>to</span> <span m='38870'>provoke</span> <span m='39230'>something</span> <span m='39520'>which</span> <span m='39690'>is</span> <span m='39820'>wrong,</span> <span m='40790'>and</span> <span m='40880'>then</span> <span m='41020'>you</span> <span m='41150'>see</span> <span m='41330'>that it is</span> <span m='41700'>wrong,</span> <span m='41950'>and</span> <span m='42060'>you</span> <span m='42500'>realize</span> <span m='42900'>that you</span> <span m='43110'>spent</span> <span m='43440'>the</span> <span m='43690'>last</span> <span m='43930'>three</span> <span m='44100'>months</span> <span m='44540'>pursuing</span> <span m='44880'>a</span> <span m='44950'>wrong</span> <span m='45120'>result,</span> <span m='45970'>but</span> <span m='46160'>you</span> <span m='46280'>have</span> <span m='46390'>to</span> <span m='46510'>just</span> <span m='47660'>keep</span> <span m='47880'>on</span> <span m='48000'>track</span> <span m='48260'>and</span> <span m='48380'>stay</span> <span m='48590'>focused</span> <span m='48960'>about</span> <span m='49280'>it.</span> </p><p><span m='49590'>And</span> <span m='49900'>it's</span> <span m='50050'>going</span> <span m='50160'>to</span> <span m='50230'>get</span> <span m='50440'>challenging</span> <span m='50750'>sometimes.</span> <span m='52080'>So</span> <span m='52180'>that's</span> <span m='52340'>really</span> <span m='52580'>a key to the</span> <span m='52770'>decision.</span> <span m='53075'>It's</span> <span m='53380'>about</span> <span m='53570'>my</span> <span m='53700'>education.</span> <span m='54410'>So</span> <span m='54680'>I</span> <span m='55360'>had</span> <span m='55470'>a</span> <span m='55510'>really</span> <span m='55700'>good</span> <span m='55860'>math</span> <span m='56110'>teacher</span> <span m='56380'>back</span> <span m='56570'>in</span> <span m='56670'>high</span> <span m='56870'>school,</span> <span m='57820'>and</span> <span m='58010'>he</span> <span m='58130'>just</span> <span m='58400'>got</span> <span m='58570'>me</span> <span m='58670'>into</span> <span m='58930'>things</span> <span m='59220'>like</span> <span m='59980'>doing</span> <span m='60220'>some</span> <span m='60490'>math</span> <span m='60800'>which</span> <span m='61000'>is</span> <span m='61230'>not</span> <span m='61510'>just</span> <span m='61850'>school</span> <span m='61980'>math,</span> <span m='62210'>but</span> <span m='62480'>a little</span> <span m='62750'>bit of</span> <span m='62980'>higher</span> <span m='63180'>math.</span> <span m='64040'>And</span> <span m='64290'>I</span> <span m='65220'>figured</span> <span m='65450'>I</span> <span m='65530'>like</span> <span m='65720'>it</span> <span m='65830'>so</span> <span m='65920'>much</span> <span m='66140'>that</span> <span m='66270'>I</span> <span m='66330'>want</span> <span m='66500'>to</span> <span m='66550'>study</span> <span m='66860'>it.</span> <span m='67560'>And</span> <span m='67730'>then I</span> <span m='67790'>started</span> <span m='67970'>studying,</span> <span m='68570'>and I</span> <span m='68810'>kept</span> <span m='68880'>at</span> <span m='69165'>it</span> <span m='69850'>until</span> <span m='70310'>now.</span> </p><p><span m='70890'>I</span> <span m='70970'>think</span> <span m='71200'>it</span> <span m='71490'>is</span> <span m='71730'>very easy</span> <span m='72170'>to find</span> <span m='72320'>work as a</span> <span m='72360'>mathematician.</span> <span m='74100'>You</span> <span m='74200'>can</span> <span m='74380'>work</span> <span m='74570'>in,</span> <span m='74650'>like,</span> <span m='74820'>insurance</span> <span m='75230'>companies,</span> <span m='75840'>banks.</span> <span m='77330'>Bigger</span> <span m='77810'>companies</span> <span m='78180'>usually</span> <span m='78590'>employ</span> <span m='78810'>mathematicians.</span> <span m='80100'>You</span> <span m='80490'>will</span> <span m='80760'>not</span> <span m='81060'>get</span> <span m='81500'>to</span> <span m='81700'>apply</span> <span m='81950'>what</span> <span m='82110'>you</span> <span m='82190'>learn in</span> <span m='82360'>your</span> <span m='82470'>studies</span> <span m='82870'>as</span> <span m='82950'>a</span> <span m='83030'>mathematician</span> <span m='83830'>in the</span> <span m='84230'>world,</span> <span m='84860'>in</span> <span m='85150'>your</span> <span m='85280'>job</span> <span m='85720'>later</span> <span m='85970'>on,</span> <span m='86390'>but</span> <span m='86570'>you</span> <span m='86670'>will</span> <span m='89000'>apply</span> <span m='89320'>your</span> <span m='90220'>abstract</span> <span m='90640'>skills</span> <span m='90880'>about</span> <span m='91200'>trying</span> <span m='91570'>to</span> <span m='91670'>figure</span> <span m='91870'>out</span> <span m='92080'>what's</span> <span m='92290'>wrong</span> <span m='92490'>with</span> <span m='92650'>something,</span> <span m='93160'>how</span> <span m='93580'>to</span> <span m='93680'>fix</span> <span m='93960'>it,</span> <span m='94750'>look at</span> <span m='94950'>everything</span> <span m='95340'>from</span> <span m='95550'>a</span> <span m='95610'>bigger</span> <span m='95810'>perspective.</span> </p><p><span m='96390'>That's</span> <span m='96810'>what</span> <span m='96920'>you</span> <span m='97250'>learn as</span> <span m='97360'>a</span> <span m='97400'>mathematician,</span> <span m='98140'>and</span> <span m='98360'>that's</span> <span m='98700'>what</span> <span m='98870'>companies</span> <span m='99310'>value</span> <span m='99540'>about</span> <span m='99850'>you.</span> <span m='100270'>Why</span> <span m='100730'>do</span> <span m='100910'>I work a</span> <span m='101000'>lot?</span> <span m='101590'>Because</span> <span m='101930'>I</span> <span m='101970'>like</span> <span m='102230'>to.</span> <span m='105850'>Usually</span> <span m='106310'>I</span> <span m='106430'>work</span> <span m='106720'>maybe</span> <span m='107160'>four</span> <span m='107530'>to five</span> <span m='108020'>days</span> <span m='108230'>a</span> <span m='108310'>week,</span> <span m='108540'>but</span> <span m='108690'>then</span> <span m='109080'>10</span> <span m='109360'>to 12</span> <span m='109640'>hours</span> <span m='109970'>a</span> <span m='110030'>day,</span> <span m='111030'>and</span> <span m='111190'>the</span> <span m='111260'>rest</span> <span m='111450'>of</span> <span m='111550'>the</span> <span m='111640'>time</span> <span m='111870'>is</span> <span m='111980'>free</span> <span m='112140'>time.</span> <span m='112390'>So</span> <span m='112560'>I'm</span> <span m='113100'>not</span> <span m='113370'>really</span> <span m='113750'>employed</span> <span m='113960'>right</span> <span m='114150'>now.</span> <span m='114320'>I'm a</span> <span m='114570'>Ph.D.</span> <span m='114690'>student</span> <span m='114810'>on a</span> <span m='114860'>scholarship,</span> <span m='115750'>so</span> <span m='117230'>all</span> <span m='117390'>the</span> <span m='117510'>balance</span> <span m='117890'>is up</span> <span m='118020'>to</span> <span m='118130'>me,</span> <span m='118280'>basically.</span> <span m='119220'>If I</span> <span m='119400'>want</span> <span m='119560'>to</span> <span m='119620'>do</span> <span m='119770'>something</span> <span m='120110'>as a</span> <span m='120250'>steward,</span> <span m='121230'>but</span> <span m='121380'>I</span> <span m='121450'>have</span> <span m='121590'>to</span> <span m='121680'>get</span> <span m='121820'>some</span> <span m='121960'>results</span> <span m='122260'>eventually.</span> 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