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Cara (Boyle) Tomnay - PNC Bank

NAME: Cara (Boyle) Tomnay
Pitt-Johnstown GRAD: 1998
MAJOR: Mathematics Major, Computer Science Minor
JOB TILTLE: Modeling Analyst III at PNC Bank - Pittsburgh
After Pitt-Johnstown, I went on to Oregon State University to get my Master's Degree in Statistics. After graduating in 2000 from Oregon State I got my first job with Merck in Philadelphia as a Technical Analyst. This job consisted of creating reports from the database using SAS and SQL programming. Since this was an entry level position I didn't get the chance to use my math/stats degrees. Pharmaceutical companies use a lot of technical/analytic people but it is good to also have some background in Chemistry or Biology.My Second Job was with Giant Eagle as a Senior Business Analyst here in Pittsburgh. This job used math and business to help evaluate marketing programs and business initiatives such as the new fuel business. This job allowed me to interact with many different levels and groups of people within the company - from buyers to the executives. The form of math that was generally used was more of Financial or Sales related but with more of an analytic approach.My current job is with PNC as a Modeling Analyst III in Pittsburgh. In this job I AM using my Statistics degree to help model customer behaviors using Regression/Trees/Neural Networks to see if they are likely to purchase another product. Our group helps the marketing department and other departments determine who best to target or how well we will perform in certain markets.
I think all of the work that I am currently doing is interesting because I get to do work that I love. I enjoy the analytic side of numbers and that's what my job allows me to do.
My advice to math majors would be to also have knowledge in another field (i.e. Science, Business) that interests you. If I could do it again I would have taking more course in another field to give me more of an advantage in the job search. For example to do evaluations of clinical trails you have to have a knowledge of Biology along with a Statistics degree. The more diverse your background is the more desirable you will be. Also when you are ready to start your job search you should put your resume on This is how I was able to have such great job. People see your resume out there, especially head hunters, and they contact you if they are interested in what they see. The head hunters will work on your behalf at the expense of the hiring company. Best of luck to you all.
Last Reviewed: March 30, 2005