Careers for number crunchers & other quantitative types by Rebecca Burnett

By Rebecca Burnett

Discusses the schooling, education, and abilities wanted for careers concerning using quantitative recommendations and describes quite a few occupation offerings, together with industry study, details research, demography, engineering, and monetary administration.

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Despite the technical nature of Steve's job, he spends only 35 to 40 percent of his time using his quantitative skills. In fact, he says that because of the correspondence and reports that he has to write, he uses his word processor more than he uses his spreadsheet. Another chunk of his time, 15 to 20 percent, is spent dealing with personnel issuesfor example, meeting with the union steward to resolve potential problems. He also is responsible for overseeing the duties of a secretary as well as the Lottery's accounting supervisor and validation supervisor, who are each responsible for a half-dozen employees.

They also are responsible for the police department. In contrast, city administrators have a slightly different job; they are responsible for all municipal operations except hiring and firing and do not have to manage the police department, which is usually the mayor's responsibility. Initial Training City managers and administrators generally have at least a bachelor's degree in finance or accounting, or in business administration with a concentration in finance or accounting. ). Earning Potential The most recent edition of the Occupational Outlook Handbook reports that the median income for city managers and adminis- Page 32 trators is $32,800.

Higher salaries are more likely in large organizations and in cities. In the Workplace as a Chief Financial Officer Steve King is the chief financial officer (CFO) for the Iowa Lottery, overseeing all the financial aspects of a state government organization with approximately $150 million in annual sales. Page 30 Background. Steve came to this position after eight years in the State Auditor's Office, where he was most recently an audit manager of the EDP (Electronic Data Processing) Auditing Section.

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