I'm an undergraduate student who is looking ahead to the future. I'm considering getting a mathematics PhD one day after I graduate.
If I did, I would want to be a university professor, rather than working at Microsoft or NASA or wherever else.
What are placements like for graduate schools in mathematics? Do I have to go to a top 10 school to have a chance at one? Thanks.
Wait, when you say "a university professor," do you want to be at a research university or a liberal arts college professorship is fine (where you would still do research of course, but more emphasis is on teaching)?
If the former from what I have heard from my professors and read on academia.stackexchange and math.se, there is a general trend of ending up (with tenure) at a lower ranked school than the school you got your PhD from. So, you need to be at a top school if you plan on joining big group I schools. This is because of the competitiveness of the job market. And you can read more about it from the following answers given by math professors:http://math.stackexchange.com/a/70209/http://math.stackexchange.com/a/649228/ http://math.stackexchange.com/questions ... in-the-u-shttp://math.stackexchange.com/questions ... ou-ca?rq=1
I attended an LAC and to be honest, my professors seem to be happy doing the research they like, so the only thing missing seems to be a vibrant mathematical research community/seminars--community as in big research groups. So whichever way you go, I'm sure there are enough opportunities for you to still do mathematics and enjoy doing it, despite not going to top 10 universities.