Big Data helps drive Math Ph.D.’s to IBM{Comments Off on Big Data helps drive Math Ph.D.’s to IBM}

by Hassib K
IBM is the largest employer of mathematics Ph.D’s in the nation.  They hire alot of mathematicians for help with analysis of big data.  They develop proofs that take anywhere from 2 months to some times 2 years.  The one for an US based oil company took 2 years and then allowed them to open up 24 additional sources of income, so it was well worth the effort.  IBM finds that mathematics and statistics Ph.D. holders tend to have the analytic and quantitative skills they’re looking for these days.  The push towards big data is driving alot of this demand for mathematicians.  Having huge of amounts of data to analyze will require someone who is comfortable with numbers, and this is clearly the mathematicians habitat.  Steve Mills, a senior vice president “We are the largest employer of Ph.D. mathematicians of any company in the world,” (Thibodeau, 2012).  A researcher on the topic recently said that he even sees grocery stores hiring more mathematicians, so it’s definitely a field to consider.

I think it’s great that IBM is hiring lots of math Ph.D’s.  I like to see more people employed, especially people with that much education. It’s always discouraging to see someone with a Ph.D unemployed.  I’m glad that they are finally understanding and realizing that these scientists can be very valuable to their business.  Big Data has created this demand and I am very happy about it.  Even though I am not a mathematician nor have the desire to pursue a degree in the subject, I can sympathize with those that do and applaud this great news for them.


Thibodeau, P. (2012, February 16). Big data helps drive math ph.d.s to ibm. Computerworld, Retrieved from