Why Math? – Tables


Table 1. Performance in the 2006-2007 GRE (combined verbal and quantitative) by major.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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