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MIT student blogger Mitra L. '07

Why It Pays… by Mitra L. '07

Why it Pays to Be a Math Geek (from

Selected passages:

“Surviving those advanced integral calculus lectures and organic chemistry labs meant downing gallons of coffee, but that math- or science-related major might just be worth it — in terms of job outlook and high starting pay, that is.”

“According to NACE’s Job Outlook 2005 survey, eight of the top 10 degrees in demand are quantitatively based — accounting, electrical engineering, mechanical engineering, economics/finance, computer science, computer engineering, and information sciences and systems.”

“Lisa Earle McLeod, columnist and author of Forget Perfect (Penguin/Putnam), agrees that good communication skills are key to long-term career success. ‘Being the best scientist or engineer might make you the head of the department,’ she says, ‘but you have to be a good communicator to be put in charge of large groups of people.'”

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