Burtch Works Blog

With more activity in the quantitative and 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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Kicking SAS? Not if James Goodnight, statistician and CEO of the SAS Institute, has any say in the matter. Recently, the New York Times reported that the venerable software giant that created the statistical tool of choice for countless business statisticians for over three decades is under siege. New competition is threatening SAS’s longstanding, comfortable… Read more »

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The job market is up, I am excited to report. Any of you who are social networkers on sites like LinkedIn or who follow the job boards have probably noticed a definite uptick in activity in the last month or so. Quantitative jobs in particular have experienced a healthy surge (remember, statistics is the sexy… Read more »

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  Now that I have your attention, as the ongoing global recession continues to dominate the headlines, I thought we would take a moment to assess its impact our industry and, ultimately, our wallets. Almost across the board, corporate bottom lines have been hit hard by the downward pressure on the markets and economy. I… Read more »

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  Despite the long, painful slide that has hit most of the American job market, many of us in the quantitative community were fortunate that our employment options remained relatively intact until early this year. I wish I had a pithy quote, wry comment, or even a good joke to take the sting out of… Read more »

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  Those of you that have been following my occasional blogging may remember that I proudly have a “math geek” 13 year old son. I enthusiastically reported to him that this year’s list of top jobs ranked math number one. Of course, being an executive recruiter specializing in the quantitative business sciences, I was equally… Read more »

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It’s Here Those who have been following my blog regularly have read my observations about how the quantitative market has remained relatively unscathed by this current recession.I am unhappy to report that this is no longer the case. As the recession has deepened, our profession is beginning to feel its impact.   It’s not news… Read more »

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  Here’s another piece highlighting the importance of improving our math and science education to keep our country competitive. Thomas Friedman wrote in the New York Times Opinion Page on Sunday expressing his views on the upcoming $1 trillion economic stimulus package. An excerpt: “You see, even before the current financial crisis, we were already… Read more »

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Just a few nights ago, during our family dinner, the topic of the eighth-grade social order arose. It seems my 13-year-old twins, Jay and Becky, have a pretty clear understanding of where they (and all of their classmates) stand in the pecking order. Becky said she resides somewhere in the middle —abercrombie jeans and Ugg… Read more »