Quality Career Questions - Degree in Applied Mathematics

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MathMet

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I have a degree in Applied Mathematics. I also have enough credits in Atmospheric Science to be work as an Atmospheric Scientist (meteorology or climatology). Unfortunately, the job market for Atmospheric Science isn’t looking very good right now, so I’m looking into other options.
I saw some information regarding using a Math degree for Quality jobs. I don’t currently know much about Quality, so I’m looking for some suggestion on what I need to do to familiarize myself with this field and make myself more qualified for potential jobs in this field. Any good online sources or classes?
I’ve noticed a lot of information on Six Sigma, should I try to get certified?
Any suggestions about the types of Quality jobs that I should look for would also be appreciated.
Thanks in advance for assistance.
 
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This is kinda off the topic (maybe not), but a friend's son is about 25 and last year finished his masters in math. I'd have to ask her or him if there is an exact name (as opposed to just "math"). He got a job at a hospital in Cincinnati (knowing nothing about biology) a few months (if I remember correctly) after he finished with a starting salary of US$67K. All he does is statistical analysis of data for a group of doctors doing research and he really enjoys it. Of course, he's learning a lot about biology and some chemistry in the process, but he has no background in either. He's a total math person who loves numbers. He plans to do his doctorate in math but has decided to wait a couple of years.

My take is that a math degree is extendable to many fields (including the financial world "quants").
 

Statistical Steven

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As a Statistician I can tell you that there are opportunties in the quality field, especially as a quality engineer. Look into the ASQ certification as a CQE or CSSBB. Other areas to look into are actuarial sciences, finance, and software sales/technical support.

Good luck!
 
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adickerson

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The American Society for Quality has a lot of resources for someone starting out in the field. There are lots of options if you want to look at certifications in the industry. Just remember the value of the certification is not the paper you put up on the wall but rather the tools and techniques you learn studying for the exam. In fact you may never want to get formal certifications but the study guides they publish called "BOK" or "Body of Knowledge" are valuable for learning about the industry. If you see a term you don't know searching this board or Google can help answer the question.

Here is a link to what is offered by ASQ.
http://asq.org/certification/index.html

Under each section you can find a description of the certification and the BOK under "prepare for exam". Searching around here may give you an idea of the types of jobs out there in the quality industry.

Just know that ASQ is just one way to do things, there are lots of competing organizations and other groups that offer lots of resources. If you look around and find something interesting ask us about it. Someone on the board my know quite a bit about the organization.

Here is the big piece of advice. Buy this book: "Juran's Quality Handbook".
$112 from Amazon. This is the modern Bible of Quality, even if you never get a job in quality this is a valuable book for anyone who works for a living. In fact it covers most of the BOK for just bout EVERY ASQ Certification.
 
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