Math B.S. to Engineering Degree

Discussion in 'General Distance Learning Discussions' started by Mechanical Ibex, Jul 16, 2021.

  1. sanantone

    sanantone Well-Known Member

    What is your location? Sometimes, you have to move if you can afford it. Math is not an applied major; it's not like accounting in that you know you can become an accountant or auditor. Many times, the problem is people's job search methods. I've helped people with sociology and psychology degrees find jobs. There's a shortage of workers right now, which makes the job search easier.

    If you're still interested in data science, I recommend learning python, R, SQL, and advanced statistical methods if you haven't already. This is something you can do through MOOCs and apps for free. Earn SQL certifications and complete courses that provide a certificate of completion. Without the coursework on a transcript or experience, you can at least demonstrate that you've learned those skills through certificates and certifications.

    If all else fails, there's always a shortage of math teachers.
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  2. Mechanical Ibex

    Mechanical Ibex New Member

    I definitely received what I felt was some "bad" resume advice... and objectively, it absolutely makes sense that my resume is the problem. I don't really want to share my resume from this account, where it would be attached to all the other information I've shared, but I'll try to find some other resume review services and share it elsewhere.
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  3. Mechanical Ibex

    Mechanical Ibex New Member

    I find it interesting that you still suggest data analytics over engineering. Given the local job market though, it would definitely be helpful to be certified in something that could be done remotely.
  4. Mechanical Ibex

    Mechanical Ibex New Member

    I'd like to keep my location somewhat confidential, but I live in a small town with very limited job opportunities. I would like to stay in this little town for personal reasons (friends and family mostly). There are some satellite offices for some engineering companies, but employment with them is competitive.

    Thank you for the suggestion to earn those certificates. I've stayed away from things that felt like "computer science" because the people who actually majored in CS are so much more personally immersed in that world (and have relevant school projects and internships). They live and breathe it... and I barely have any interest in it. I did tutor SQL and I have done some little projects in Python.

    I'm actually certified to teach Math. I've worked a lot as a tutor for various age groups (lots of elementary kids and lots of non-tradition college students), and I would be happy to volunteer as a tutor (work schedule permitting), but I don't want to be a teacher.
  5. MiracleWhipz

    MiracleWhipz Member

    It is more than entirely possible that because I work for the government and this is currently all the rage that I am projecting what I see most in demand within the government right now lol I know you said you weren't comfortable sharing your location but perhaps your state? you may find working for the government satisfying, though most of us don't.
  6. sube

    sube Member

    I work with engineers so I know a fair bit about this topic. If you are not willing to move out of your small town, your prospects will be limited even with an engineering degree, as you already know. I don't know of too many jobs in engineering that can be done remotely as you would usually have to be onsite.

    I was from a small town, but eventually had to accept the fact that if I stayed there, I'd either end up working in retail or on a farm and while both are important work, that's not what I wanted for my life, so I moved years ago and never regretted it. Are you anywhere near any larger cities that wouldn't be too far from your town (a few hours drive)? If leaving really is not an option, then I'd say the advice you've been given by others about data analysis may be a better option.
  7. sanantone

    sanantone Well-Known Member

    I agree with those who are cautioning against earning an engineering degree if you're not willing to move. This can get expensive and take a couple of years, and you'll still have limited job opportunities.

    The government is usually more willing to hire entry-level workers, and the federal government is on a hiring spree right now. Most of the large agencies have statistician positions, and a growing number are hiring data scientists.
  8. Mechanical Ibex

    Mechanical Ibex New Member

    I could PM you my location, but given that I'm trying to use my employer's generosity to leave my employer... well, I'd like to remain somewhat anonymous. Would the jobs you're referring to be searchable on USA jobs?
  9. Mechanical Ibex

    Mechanical Ibex New Member

    I appreciate your input/caution. Unfortunately, moving just isn't an option (although I hope it will be in a few years). Thank you.
  10. Mechanical Ibex

    Mechanical Ibex New Member

    I asked MiracleWhipz something similar above, but would these positions all be posted to the USA Jobs website or somewhere else?
  11. sanantone

    sanantone Well-Known Member

    Most of them are on

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