Technology consultant/engineer

Technology and engineering companies such as Raytheon, Boeing, Sandia National Laboratories, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, Bell Helicopter, Ford Motor Company, and W. L. Gore (manufacturing) employ mathematicians. In the past, if students wanted to work for companies that specialize in developing engineering projects, they often needed to be engineering majors. Today, these companies hire a significant number of other STEM majors, including mathematics majors. You may think that they would want to hire only engineers and wonder why such companies would employ mathematicians. In answering this question, recruiters from an engineering firm pointed out that they like to form working groups consisting of people with different backgrounds—engineers, programmers, statisticians, and mathematicians. This allows for different perspectives to be used in solving a problem.