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Table 1. Performance in the 2006-2007 GRE (combined verbal and quantitative) by major. [See Ref. 2]

Major Average GRE Difference from Mean
1 Physics
1269 +211
2 Mathematics
1235 +177
3
Philosophy
1228 +170
4
Economics
1209 +151
5
Engineering
1187 +129
6
Finance
1178 +120
7
Computer Science
1167 +109
8
Chemistry
1166 +108
9
Biology
1122 +64
10 English 1113 +55
11 Political Science
1112 +54
12 Foreign Languages
1105 +47
13 Anthropology 1102 +44
14 History 1099 +41
15 Social Science
1052 -6
16 Sociology
1033 -25
17 Psychology 1017 -41
18 Business 999
-59
19 Accounting
993 -65
20 Education 983 -75
Overall Mean
1269

Table 2. Performance in the 1991-1992 and 1994-1995 LSAT by major. [See Ref. 3]

Major Average LSAT Difference from Mean
1 Mathematics/Physics 157.4 +5.7
2 Philosophy 156.0
+4.2
3
Economics 155.5 +3.8
4
Anthropology
154.6 +2.8
4
Chemistry 154.6 +2.8
6
History
154.2 +2.4
7
English
153.8 +2.1
8
Engineering
153.7 +1.9
9
Biology
153.6 +1.8
9
Social Science
153.6 +1.8
11 Finance
152.7 +0.9
12 Foreign Languages
152.4 +0.7
13 Accounting 152.2 +0.4
13 Computer Science
152.2 +0.4
15 Psychology 152.0 +0.2
16 Political Science
151.7 -0.1
17 Sociology
149.3 -2.5
18 Business 149.1
-2.7
19 Education
148.5
-3.3
20 Prelaw 147.6
-4.2
Overall Mean 151.8

Table 3. Performance in the 2006-2007 MCAT (combined VR, BS, and PS scores) by major. [See Ref. 4]

Major Average MCAT Difference from Mean
1 Physical Science 29.2 +1.6
2 Humanities 28.7 +1.1
3
Mathematics/Statistics 28.6
+1.0
4
Other
27.6
+0.0
5
Social Science 27.3
-0.3
6
Biological Science
27.2
-0.4
7
Health Science
24.7
-2.9
Overall Mean
27.6

Table 4. Performance in the 2001-2005 GMAT by major. [See Ref. 5]

Major Average GMAT Difference from Mean
1 Physics
609.8 +81.4
2 Mathematics
592.8 +64.4
3
Engineering 584.2
+55.8
4
Philosophy
573.8
+45.4
5 Chemistry 567.6 +39.2
6
Economics 566.2
+37.8
7
Computer Science
565.8
+37.4
8
History 564.6
+36.2
9
Anthropology 557.2
+28.8
10 Biology 556.4
+28.0
11 English
555.8
+27.4
12 Foreign Languages
542.4
+14.0
13 Prelaw
538.8
+10.4
14 Political Science 538.6
+10.2
15 Finance 534.0 +5.6
16 Social Science
531.4 +3.0
17 Psychology 523.8
-4.6
18 Accounting 507.4
-21.0
19 Sociology
505.0
-23.4
20 Business 504.0 -24.4
21 Education 490.8 -37.6
Overall Mean
528.4

Table 5. Top twenty ranked jobs in 2002. Note that the titles displayed in bold font are closely related to mathematics. [See Ref. 6]

Ranking
Job
1 Biologist
2 Actuary
3 Financial Planner
4 Computer System Analyst
5 Accountant
6 Software Engineer
7 Meteorologist
8 Paralegal Assistant
9 Statistician
10 Astronomer
11 Mathematician
12 Parole Officer
13 Hospital Administrator
14 Architechtural Drafter
15 Physiologist
16 Dietician
17 Website Manager
18 Physicist
19 Audiologist
20 Nonprofit Agency Director