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  •  Another alternative to the PhD (5+ / 0-)

    for women who excel at math but want financial security is accounting. I say this because my wife has a CPA, & n my experience many women have this certificate.

    Not to say there aren't attractive women engineers: I've encountered them slightly more often "Sheldon"s in the computer industry. (I don't know if that was simply due to luck or reflects reality; unless someone with poor social skills is very intelligent -- a "Sheldon" type -- they don't last very long in the business. Leonards are far more common.)

    •  actuarial work too (5+ / 0-)

      Or so I have been told. I do not totally understand what actuaries do on a day to day basis, but I think they calculate risks for insurance companies. Apparently it is well paid, good life style.

      •  I know a female actuarian (1+ / 0-)
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        She has a great lifestyle- she can work her hours whenever she wants, so she will play golf during the day, and do her work at night (she's single with no kids or pets so that's possible- I could never do it).  Plus she will log in a work day will vacationing, so she can take these long vacations all over the world.  Once in a while she has to go into the office.  What is not to love about that??

        •  Sounds better than a CPA (1+ / 0-)
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          First three months of every year is mandatory overtime -- even if they don't do tax accounting. I feel bad for my wife at those times.

          Pay & job security does make up for it. And I've found CPAs are more often hardy partiers than the colorless bores pop culture makes them out to be: I have yet to meet one who prefers a "medium dry sherry" to a beer or Long Island Ice Tea.

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