From School Library Journal
Grade 4-8-Reeves looks at an amazing array of career options for the mathematically inclined. The introduction presents information and tests to guide students toward capitalizing on their interests and academic strengths. Arranged alphabetically, the text examines careers, from actuaries to urban planners, and highlights helpful skills and shortcuts that may help individuals in trying out particular occupations. Professional organizations are listed as possible sources for further information, and profiles are offered of practitioners working in each field, including their childhood aspirations, first jobs, and current occupations. It will be interesting for youngsters to read about the serendipitous routes some people take before arriving at the jobs of their dreams. The author encourages readers to check out Web sites, read career encyclopedias, and shadow a professional. Altogether, an excellent addition to any library.Maren Ostergard, Bellevue Regional Library, WA
Copyright 2000 Reed Business Information, Inc.
From Kirkus Reviews
paper 0-8160-4096-6 Even those readers not necessarily seeking a career guide will find this an enlightening introduction to math-oriented, math- dependent jobs of many kinds. Reeves leads off with a lengthy self-test to help readers determine whether a career in mathematics is appropriate. She subsequently covers 15 careers, ranging from actuary work to urban planning, giving a general description of each occupation, a list of fascinating websites, and a profile of someone who actually does each particular job. The chapters are followed by a list of careers in science, health, aviation, and more, all requiring a degree of proficiency in math. Finally, a working plan is laid out, to help readers organize the steps necessary to break into and thrive in their chosen fields. Plenty of useful information has been packed into this book, written in a lively and interesting manner that will engage browsers as well as those gazing into the future. (b&w drawings and photographs, bibliography, index) (Nonfiction. 12-14) -- Copyright ©2000, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved.
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