Monday, January 12, 2009

math is the best!

A recent article by a career expert at ranks mathematician as the best overall job. Cool.

I sometimes forget how much nicer it is to be a mathematician / programmer than some of the lower-ranked alternatives, such as taxi driver or lumberjack.

Unfortunately, I'm not sure this article could effectively change a lot of young students' minds about how much they like math. If you ask a kid if they'd rather do some math or take a chainsaw to a tree, I think most would choose the chainsaw. It seems to reduce to the more profound problem of making life choices in the context of youth - your first glimpses of the various options (such as careers) can be fleeting and misleading, and the school culture of your peers adds pressure to base decisions on status more than intrinsic merit.

Here's a Wall-Street Journal article about the jobs rankings:


Blogger Kevin said...

It's like telling a smoker that cigerettes are bad for them. They know it's bad but they smoke anyway.

Haha not sure if this was a good analogy.

January 16, 2009 2:41 PM  

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