D. Edwards, The Math Myth, The De Morgan Gazette 5 no. 3 (2014), 19-21.
I’ve been concerned with what skills those who are working as scientists and engineers actually use. I find that the vast majority of scientists, engineers and actuaries only use Excel and eighth grade level mathematics. This suggests that most jobs that currently require advanced technical degrees are using that requirement simply as a filter.
[A version of this text appeared in the August, 2010 issue of The Notices of The American Mathematical Society.]