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January 7, 2009
Wednesday, January 7th, 2009

Is Mathematician really the Best Job?  Wall Street Journal (WSJ) “Best and Worst” Job listed mathematician as the best job.   I have to agree on most of what is said except one.  It’s true, the time is really yours to pick.  Mathematicans work 24/7, I really mean 24 hours a week and 7 months a year.  Or less. My teaching hours are really 12 hours a week and preparation usually doesn’t go all the way to 24 unless you really, really want to work hard to make your lessons “entertaining”.  And 7 months a year is just an approximation of what’s considered 2 regular semesters.  Most semesters are 13 ½ to 15 weeks long, so even on the worst calculation, 30 weeks out of a year is really less than 7 months (for those who think 4 weeks makes exactly a month, think again! it’s 30 out of 52 weeks).  One has the whole summer off (if they don’t I think they’ll all suffer from stress and depression, ‘cos teaching is not exactly a 9 to 5 job). 

What is the one thing I do not agree with WSJ?  The average salary.  One mathematician in the survey said she earn more than the average salary of $94,160.  Well, I wish mine was the average, but I happened to be about half of that.  Maybe it’s because I lived in a really cheap city where a house does not cost more than $200,000.  Or maybe on my day of appointment, I did not negotiate hard enough!

My advice to By SARAH E. NEEDLEMAN who wrote the WSJ article, go to this place on the photo (photo by Marriott Wardman Park Hotel at Calvert Street, D C) and make another statistical survey.  There must be at least a few thousand mathematicians there until Jan 9th.

 and another thousands more across the street at Omni Shoreham Hotel.

To top this off, today’s article from MSN Career this mathematicians are also sexy????

And why isn’t there a Dunkin’ Donut store near Woodley?  It said on Googles that there’s a Dunkin

Dunkin Donuts
2604 Connecticut Ave, NW
Washington DC 20008
Near Connecticut and Calvert
Next to Woodley Park Metro

Now I’m here…where is it?

All I see was Japanese restaurants on this side…

and more Asian Cuisine or Jap restaurants along the other side of the street…

And why must they all serve sushi?  Even Mr Chen’s and Ipoh Cuisine and Thai Taste have sushi!  (WSJ best and worst jobs)

10 Sexy Careers You Never Thought Of By Anthony Balderrama, writer


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