Mathematicians (slide)rule!

And in other news, Wall Street Journal says that being a mathematician, a drone in the sweet field of severe problem-solving, is the best job in the US. I’m willing to say we can (possibly using chains of open balls) generalize this result to hold everywhere outside a set of zero measure. (Or zero capacity. Depends on whether we need reverse Hölder and some Caccioppoli or not.)

Top five seems to be Mathematician, Actuary, Statistician, Biologist and Software Engineer.

The metric used — environment, income, employment outlook, physical demands and stress, over a sample of 200 jobs — seems reasonable, but then again I’m not a statistician. (Who are in the second place. After mathematicians. Which I am. Neener neener. Does it sting? Does it sting?)

How come the whole top twenty is jobs that I think are eminently nice, cool, desirable and want-able, even by a committed fool like me? Might be because they’re mostly academic or at least detached indoor introvert work.

The worst job of the 200 sampled? Lumberjack. It’s fifteen spots below Nuclear Contamination Technician. But lumberjacks don’t mind because they’re okay.

2 Responses to “Mathematicians (slide)rule!”

  1. Bob O'H Says:

    Who are in the second place. After mathematicians. Which I am. Neener neener. Does it sting? Does it sting?

    I may just be a statistician, but at least I can count up to 3. :-)

  2. masksoferis Says:

    Aaargh.

    Pride goes and all that. This is what one gets from frolicking with f and x instead of actual numbers.

    Well caught. :-)

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