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Job Availability

IMS students can select jobs from many opportunities. Those more interested in the statistics side of the degree will be able to seek jobs as statisticians. About one-fourth of those employed as statisticians work in the federal government in such organizations as the Departments of Commerce, Agriculture, and Health and Human Services. Outside of the government, most statisticians are employed in private industry, especially in the insurance, pharmaceutical, health, manufacturing, research and testing services, and computer and data processing industries.

Those more interested in the applied mathematics side of the degree who want to work outside of academics are usually part of interdisciplinary teams that are often divided evenly among mathematicians, computer scientists, and engineers with a smaller proportion of physical scientists. Applied mathematicians and statisticians have found employment in organizations such as:

  • Government labs and agencies: Oak Ridge National Lab, Sandia, Lawrence Livermore, and Los Alamos, National Security Agency, the Center for Communications Research, the Supercomputing Research Center, NASA
  • Engineering research organizations: AT&T Laboratories-Research, Bell Laboratories, Bell Communications Research, Exxon Research and Engineering, GTE Laboratories, the NEC Research Institute, Boeing, General Motors, Aerospace Corporation, Ford, and United Technologies
  • Computer service firms: EDS, MacNeal-Schwendler Corporation, The Mathworks, Wolfram Research, Xerox, Silicon Graphics, Adobe, and Microsoft
  • Computer, Communication and Electronics providers: IBM, Cray, Honeywell, Motorola, Lucent Technologies, Intel, AT&T, GTE, and US West Communications
  • Financial and Consulting firms: David Wagner Associates, Arther Anderson, Solomon Brothers, Citibank, Morgan Stanley, and Prudential
  • Other manufacturers: Kodak, DuPont, SmithKline Beecham, Syntex, Amoco, Exxon, Kellogg’s, Calloway Golf Clubs

(Source: Society for Industrial and Applied Math., "Careers Bulletin")

What kind of problems do IMS Professionals Work On?

The problems that applied mathematicians work on are very diverse. Some of the problems that applied mathematicians and statisticians in industry have faced and solved include:

  • An automobile production plant is falling far short of the capacity for which it was designed. Why?
  • How should an airline set ticket prices to ensure maximum revenue while allowing for no-shows and the aggravation and expense of overbooking?
  • Which credit card collection strategies produce the most revenue in the long term?
  • Computer chips are "printed" much like photographs from a negative. But manufacturing the "negative" is too expensive to permit cut-and-try testing of proposed layouts and the corresponding "print." Are there accurate mathematical models of the exposure process? Can they be coupled with efficient computational implementations to obtain practical, low-cost simulations to guide chip design and manufacture?
  • A chemical manufacturer must shift one of its product lines to a new family of compounds that will not harm the ozone layer. Since it cannot test possible new products by releasing them into the atmosphere, it must develop models of atmospheric chemistry that simulate the complex chemical reactions in the atmosphere, the action of the sun, etc. Cancomputational simulations show sufficient detail to capture the effects of the chemicals but still be fast enough to permit studies of many different chemicals?