The great technological revolution that we have lived has only triggered a great demand for these professionals in the companies, who need them in all their departments and sectors of activity. “In the new economy, data management is fundamental and underlying there are mathematical models. This great demand is due to that revolution of the data. To be able to extract information and make predictions for companies or help them make decisions, it is fundamental to build algorithms and predictive models, “explains David Ríos, member of the Royal Academy of Sciences and director of the December 2019 Calendar South Africa chair (Institute of Mathematical Sciences). The big data, Internet of Things, robotics, artificial intelligence … are the new professional sectors in which mathematicians move comfortably. They are requested by the professions with the lowest unemployment rate (8%) and of those with the highest employment rate (close to 89%), according to data from the Active Population Survey that has been stopped on occasion to analyze this professional group. In addition, they enjoy a great professional projection. «It is proven that a mathematical education allows to ascend well and occupy positions of responsibilitybility In addition, almost all find a job in less than a year after finishing their studies, “says Tomás Chacón, coordinator of the Strategic Network of Mathematics and Professor of Mathematical Analysis at the University of Seville.
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They are very appreciated, and not only because of their technical knowledge. “They are people who know how to reason logically and have a training that allows them to address many types of problems that are very important for real life. And companies are looking for people who know how to face problems and solve them, “says Carmen Herrero, emeritus professor at the University of Alicante and researcher at the IVIE (Valencian Institute of Economic Research).
That is why they are required for any type of economic activity: from banking, a state security agency to a pharmaceutical company or large retailers. «The company, in general, seeks to solve problems of optimization of resources, to plan in a more profitable way how to take the products from one place to another, needs market studies to anticipate what a consumer wants and carry out advertising campaigns that December 2019 Calendar South Africa as much as possible, “says Herrero. That avid demand of the business world already has its first consequences. “Mathematicians are lacking,” says Macarena Estévez, a mathematician and partner at Deloitte Digital and a member of the Royal Spanish Mathematical Society. “Bright mathematicians,” he continues, “are profiles that want to stay at the university to pursue a career in research. But companies are starting to convince them to do that research in companies. ” “There are few people trained in the part of mathematics that is now more relevant, in applications and in data science. It is necessary to train more people in these disciplines and redirect the studies of mathematics, “estimates David Ríos.