February 19, 2010 8:45 AM Subscribe
About to obtain a PhD in mathematics, and questions about employment.
posted by King Bee to Work & Money (19 answers total) 9 users marked this as a favorite
I will be obtaining my PhD in mathematics from a Tier II university in the midwest in May. For those of you who are academics, you may be aware of the job search process, and how time consuming and heart wrenching it can be.
I sent out about 60-70 applications for various positions at universities and colleges all over the country. We're talking visiting positions, tenure-track positions, etc. None of the places I applied to were too elite for my qualifications, and a lot of them were more teaching-based than research-based (which is pretty much where I want to take my career). I have had some phone interviews and face-to-face interviews at a huge conference back in January. I'm not getting a lot of callbacks.
Anyway, I'm starting to get the feeling that none of these places will hire me, and that is giving me a feeling of despair (not a good thing when trying to finish up a thesis). Having a PhD makes me "overqualified" for most "regular" jobs, so I'm not sure who would hire me outside of an academic setting.
My question is this. Can you guys suggest some possible employment options for a late-twenties guy with a PhD in mathematics who will live almost anywhere that are not academic? If it helps, my area of research is not applied math. It's pure math with a focus on combinatorics and extremal graph theory (for those of you who know what that means, maybe that's helpful).