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I'm pretty sure anyone with a BS in math can get a decent programming and/or finance job.

I've seen absolutely disastrous code from people with advanced math degrees. There were major maintenance problems. (A huge OO subsystem, with no instance methods at all!)

Also a tendency to use single letter variable names exclusively.

Come to think of it -- yes! There would be these wild loops where 4 or 5 variables would be incremented simultaneously by deeply nested code, which would sometimes recursively call slightly modified cut & paste versions of themselves. It was a nightmare!

He was still hired, though.

She. Big company BS. She was foisted on the group.

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