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    Quote Originally Posted by bclark619g View Post
    I don't think humor is appreciated in this thread.
    I daresay the prospect of actuarial work destroys all fun as it appears.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ocop View Post
    I daresay the prospect of actuarial work destroys all fun as it appears.
    Or reduces the probability of fun!

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    Quote Originally Posted by dubbeltop View Post
    Masters in Statistics: Worth It?

    A true master of Statistics would probably create a poll first.....
    I actually laughed out loud at this.

    The results of the poll would be modeled using the Bernoulli Distribution.

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    Quote Originally Posted by maszki View Post
    Question: I've been told that INTP's can be good at lower math (junior high/high school) but we are usually terrible at higher level math (calculus etc...).
    I couldn't disagree more.

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    Why don't you go teach some poor bastards in the Teach for America program then take the stipend money and go back to school? I'm sure having to deal with teenagers for a couple of years will motivate you enough to get your masters. Or you could end up loving the little bastards and stay. Teachers can get half price hud homes too.

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    Quote Originally Posted by maszki View Post
    Question: I've been told that INTP's can be good at lower math (junior high/high school) but we are usually terrible at higher level math (calculus etc...).

    Is this true? I was thinking about becomming a theoretical physicist, right now I'm doing very well in math/physics, but I know physics after highschool is all related to higher level math so I'm kinda worried...

    Thanks.
    No, it's a matter of motivation imo. Since you have a reason to actually practice math (love of physics) you should be fine. I stopped doing math problems when I found out how fun sex is, but now that I'm almost 30 and my testosterone levels are declining steadily, I'm suddenly interested in physics again and my math skills are getting back to where they were pre-poontang (relative to my peers).

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    I haven't seen this goal before. What do you do with a master's in statistics?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Macrophage View Post
    I haven't seen this goal before. What do you do with a master's in statistics?
    There are a lot of different things. There's the "biostatistics" route, where you can work for a pharmaceutical company, and do stats for their research.

    You can work for a consulting firm, and get hired to do a variety of things.

    You can work for the government (I think most statisticians do this, but I personally would not want to) in the Census Dept. or FDA. Or most other departments. They all need statisticians to keep track of data.

    Some statisticians go into "market research" and work for companies like Neilson.

    Some become adjunct professors or teach stats at community colleges.

    Some do financial statistics and work for large corporations.

    Some go on to become actuaries (though you still need to take the exams) and work for insurance companies. Or you could be hired as a statistician for an insurance company.

    Some use a masters in stats as a stepping stool for getting into a top PhD program in finance or economics.

    Some statisticians work for polling companies like Gallup.

    There are probably more things, but I can't remember. Frankly, any of these options sound good to me. Also, if I get bored of something (like biostats), I could transition to something else (like financial stats).

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pooja View Post
    There are probably more things, but I can't remember. Frankly, any of these options sound good to me. Also, if I get bored of something (like biostats), I could transition to something else (like financial stats).
    Any of them but working for the government, you mean.

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    Whatever you decide, I'd recommend completing a calc II course anyways to get the additional math minor, even if you have to overload. It's not hard and will look great with a Stat and History background.

    That one class could mean a world of difference in an employer's eyes. Then again, this is coming from an inexperienced freshman.
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