How much mathematics is used in various occupations? What kind and in what ways? Are there any implications for teaching or learning? Answers to these questions will vary with the jobs -- auto workers use mathematics differently from biologists -- and with the perspectives of those who do the looking.
In the past few years, researchers (mainly in mathematics education) have observed auto workers, nurses, bankers, biologists, ecologists, and others, as they go about their day-to-day activities.