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What kind of data jobs are there in the software industry for someone with a B.S. in pure mathematics and a minor in statistics but with little experience in programming? I want to work on the data research side rather than on the software developement side. What companies hire data scientists?

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maybe pharmaceutical companies, they do some serious number crunching –  alfa64 Apr 29 '12 at 18:32
I think it's the classical actuary. From what I hear, it's a hard road but pays well. –  tzerb Apr 29 '12 at 18:42
Have you considered business intelligence or analysis? –  JB King Apr 29 '12 at 18:45
Off topic. Programmers.SE is for conceptual question on software development. –  Dynamic Apr 29 '12 at 19:07

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The first few that come to mind...

  • insurance companies

  • government agencies (federal, state, and local)

  • social networking companies

  • online retailers like Amazon

  • shipping companies like UPS and FedEx

  • shipping companies that you've never heard of like Evergreen and Maersk

  • airlines

  • search companies

  • news organizations

  • banks, brokerages, and other financial services companies

Basically, any company that handles a lot of data would/should be interested in hiring people who know how to organize and pick through that data. That probably includes just about every large company out there -- data is a very important commodity in nearly every industry these days.

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Today the data is accumulated but not always utilized properly. The need for data analysis exist in Government and different types of companies such as Telco, Banks, Utilities and Financial Investment companies to name a few.

There are needs for people with statistics, mathematics who are able to apply and create algorithms in variety of areas such as:

  • Data mining

  • Time-series analysis

  • Forecasting

  • Fraud detection

  • Cryptography

The job titles vary, but Data-Analyst sounds common.

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But are the managers of that companies clever enough to understand that they need data scientist and not just junior programmers? –  Vitalij Zadneprovskij Apr 29 '12 at 19:30
@VitalijZadneprovskij, I hear what you say, Management is rarely aware of the value of special skills such as data analysis in general, usually such skills are provided as part of consulting services 'pushed' to the business with promises of value. Large companies know the need for market analysis and its value. So, major parts of the business usually utilize data research but I guess not all parts of the business do. –  Emmad Kareem Apr 29 '12 at 19:58

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