No Longer Legal to Ask Salary History in a Job Interview

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The most dreaded question in a job interview, “What is your current salary?” is now off limits in 4 states, 3 large cities and 1 U.S. Territory. California, Delaware, Massachusetts, Oregon, Puerto Rico and New York City, Albany and Philadelphia have legislation that bars employers from asking about a job applicant’s pay history. The National… Read more »

Actuaries Might Be Your Best Friend in Hurricane Season

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    “It is fair to say that climate change is challenging our long established risk models, especially for wind-based disasters.  In other words, what we now think of as a 1-in-500 year event may no longer be such a low probability incident as storms intensify as a result of climate change,” Sherif El-Tawil, Professor… Read more »

How to Transition from Academia to Corporate Data Science

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A 2015 Moody’s study predicted that the closure rates of small colleges and universities will triple in the coming years and mergers will double. This rate could lead to 15 institutions a year shutting their doors for good.  The pursuit of tenure track academic positions becomes more difficult and more risky as a result.  Opening… Read more »

You Don’t Need a Data Scientist to Talk to Your Data

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Natural Language Processing got a boost in utilization and exposure through Tableau’s recent acquisition of ClearGraph in early August. Data Scientist’s are using data visualization for storytelling that can sway the hearts and minds of their company’s decision makers. Now those decision makers can ask the database for the information they want in the same… Read more »

Mind-Boggling Big Data Statistics – Fact or Fiction?!

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Every statistic about Big Data is mind-boggling but many of them seem to be without cited sources and are used over and over again as they take on a life and an accepted truth of their own on the internet. We’ve made some comparisons between a September 2015 blog by Forbes and more recent statistics…. Read more »

Biostatistics – A Career That Makes a Difference!

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Do You Love Math and Science? You love the combination of math and science. You can foresee yourself taking three semesters of calculus, a semester of linear algebra and maybe an introductory course on probability and/or statistics. If you plan on going on for a PhD, courses in real analysis and matrix algebra excite you…. Read more »

A Career in Pharmaceutical Business Development Beats Working on the Street

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The skill set for a pharmaceutical business development career is very similar to that required for a Wall Street private equity or investment banking career. Why would someone choose pharma BD over the more highly compensated, movie highlighted Wall Street? There are four very good reasons.   Focus In corporate business development you will work… Read more »

Data Science Can Save Traditional Banking

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One-third of Millennials don’t think they will need a bank at all in five years. From big internet giants such as Google, Facebook and Amazon to small, innovative startups such as Square, CreditKarma and TransferWire, traditional banking is being threatened from all sides. How is the banking industry responding to these generational changes and competitive… Read more »

6 Best Companies for an Actuary to Work For

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We’ve all seen the best companies to work for lists, or the great workplace awards or the company with the most desirable benefits ranking. What about if you are an Actuary? Executive Recruiter, Rory Hauser, pulls together information from many of these “best lists” to share with you the Best Companies for an Actuary. TIAA-CREF… Read more »

The Future of Big Data Analytics in Sports

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Love ‘em or Hate ‘em Branch Rickey, of breaking the baseball color barrier with the Brooklyn Dodgers and Jackie Robinson fame, had a lifelong fascination with statistical analysis. In 1913 he hired someone to sit behind home plane and keep track of how many bases each player achieved for himself and his teammates. Michael Lewis’… Read more »