This is one of my favorite internet jokes on the Thesis defense.
I live in the United States (please don’t stalk me) and I stress a lot about the job market for mathematicians. As of 2017, it’s pretty rough out here. When I get stressed I like to look up statistics to scare myself. I don’t know why I do this. This is not a good habit.
But the American Math Society does an annual survey of PhD graduates each year. You can learn which areas are the most popular, which areas get jobs, who earns the most money, etc.
Here’s a link to the AMS’s page: Data on the Profession
Of course, the survey I’m specifically referring to is the AMS Annual Survey (please see here)
This is a funny read that I really enjoyed seeing when I was an undergrad. I hope you take it with a grain of salt.
I’m a PhD student in math and the academic job market now is tough. Half-jokingly, I’ll say it puts the fear of god in me. But often I sit in my office and wonder what is life like for grad students in other fields? It turns out, the job hunt is a lot tougher for people in econ!
Math prof to class: “Who is the most famous mathematician of all time?”
Brave student: “Gauss!”
Math prof: “Close! But Gauss is only the second most famous mathematician”
Student: “Who’s the most famous then?”
Math Prof: “Ted Kaczynski”
I long to accomplish a great and noble task, but it is my chief duty to accomplish small tasks as if they were great and noble – Helen Keller