Burtch Works Blog

With more activity in the research landscape than ever before, Linda Burtch and the rest of the Burtch Works team always have something to say about this rapidly shifting field. Check back often for our top career advice, new flash survey results, and expert opinions on changes in the market that could affect your career or company.

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First of all, let me assert my firm belief that the only thing we have to fear is fear itself – nameless, unreasoning, unjustified terror which paralyzes needed efforts to convert retreat into advance.— Franklin D. Roosevelt   Many people assume that this famous quote from Roosevelt was about World War II. In fact, it… Read more »

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Last week, I was disappointed as I read in the New York Times that the number of children in the United States who are excelling in mathematics is in decline. It seems that American culture does not highly value talent in math and as a result, many students, and especially girls, are not motivated to… Read more »

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  As I’m sure you are all aware, we live in an extremely numerically driven world, where many of you mine for information along all sectors and industries. The Numerati, by Stephen Baker is a book describing exactly this, according to John Derbyshire, the author of a book review from The Wall Street Journal. From… Read more »

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      I found some interesting data from KDnuggets that I wanted to share. From our vantage point, we don’t necessarily see this as true for quantitative professionals, but we thought you might find it a worthwhile read.       The poll asked, “The US economy is likely to be in a recession for a… Read more »

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    While talk of recession continues to dominate headlines, with the fresh job market data issued in May, we question whether there is a recession at all. Overall, the economy lost 20,000 jobs in April, significantly fewer than economists had predicted. Furthermore, April saw substantial growth in professional hiring, adding 39,000 new jobs.All this… Read more »

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  As it is our goal to keep you informed of what we’re seeing in the marketplace today, we thought you might appreciate some insight into the current entry-level space.     Is the Job Market Mad For Grads? Although the media has recently reported a robust hiring market for college graduates this spring, it does… Read more »

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It’s that time of year again! As 2008 is well underway, Linda has put together her much anticipated “state of the union address” sharing her thoughts on the outlook for this year’s quantitative job market. You’ll find that below. As always, we welcome your input and observations, so feel free to post your opinioTDon’t Panic… Read more »

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  John Rossheim, Monster Senior Contributing Writer recently published an article on the outlook of careers in 2008. With some interesting predictions, we encourage you to take a look! Hiring Outlook 2008 By JOHN ROSSHEIM | Monster Senior Contributing Writer You want a New Year’s prediction for the US labor market? Here you go: 2008 will… Read more »

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  With the closing of another year rapidly approaching, it’s always fun to take a moment to consider how quickly things can change in just a short period. Time elapses, people grow, technology develops… and with the continuous change come continuous challenges- necessary adaptations to meet the newly developed demands of the ever-evolving world around… Read more »

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  As an insight into the industry, here are some interesting numbers for statisticians entering the business world after completing a Master’s Degree: The average base salary of someone entering the field this year is $62,500, as reported by Kristen Wetta- statistical recruiter at Smith Hanley Associates. Interestingly enough, there was very little difference in… Read more »