Early Career Profiles:
St. Olaf Alumnus - Johannes Mauritzen
What he does:
- Johannes graduated from St Olaf College in 2004 with majors in both math and history. He now works as a market analysis for the Jerome Levy Forecast Center, a small economic forecasting firm just outside of New York City. Johannes follows trends and developments in the economy, and makes predictions based on his research. Also, Johannes specializes in capital spending, inventories and finance and devotes most of his time to those areas.
Math on the Job:
- As a research analyst, Johannes concentrates primarily in the economics of the stock market. However, his extensive math and statistical skills come in handy when researching massive amounts of data to make accurate predictions of the economy. As Johannes says, “The kind of rigorous and thorough thinking that advanced math requires is also important in making quality analysis of the macro economy.”
- Johannes received a BA from St Olaf College in Northfield, MN in the spring of 2004 majoring in mathematics and history. As an undergraduate, Johannes solidified a love for math and continues to investigate topics in mathematics he finds interesting.
Advice for students:
- Mathematics may not seem to directly apply to many areas of the business community. However, the critical thinking skills required to successfully complete a math major are useful to success in every occupation. As Johannes says’ “I'm fairly sure that my being a math major helped enormously in gaining my job - my boss was also a math major - and even for bosses that aren't math majors, I'm quite sure they recognize the extra effort and difficulty of the major.”