I recently caught up with an old friend of mine, a very analytical guy with geeky interests. As it so happened, he was able to leverage his intellectual abilities and ended up with a pretty decent job after college. A few years into his career as an "engineer" (i.e. software developer), he's now pretty well established. I helped him out with the "getting chicks" part, and while he is nowhere near his full potential, he has at least learnt to not fuck things up too badly when a girl is into him. Compared to the average guy he does pretty well, and compared to the average geek he's a rockstar.
He mentioned something I found quite amusing. To give you some background: imagine you're in your early twenties and on the rare occasion that you end up talking to a girl, you tell her that you study maths, or that you love tinkering with electronics. Most younger girls won't get turned on by this. In fact, quite a few will show their erudition by remarking "how boring" this is. However, once such a background leads to money, and a better lifestyle, the reaction of women changes as well. Partly this has to do with women in the post-college crowd developing a different, err, mind$et.
Anyway, he related to me the following exchange: he ended up having small talk with some woman at a public event. She asked him what he's doing for a living, so he told her he was a computer scientist. Instead of that late-twenties woman furrowing her eyebrows, like her 22 year-old counterpart might have done, though, she instead lit up like a Christmas tree and blurted out:
"Computer science? Wow, that is sooo cool!"
According to him, he never would have expected a reaction like that. Of course, I didn't have to point out to him that the association of his profession with six-figure pay checks was responsible for that. Funny how that works. Note that women normally hide their excitement about the earning power of some guy they met, but it does play a role, as any guy who was ignored by women in college but magically became more attractive in his late twenties can affirm --- or any guy who ever witnessed a gaggle of chicks trying to one-up each other with the money the guy they're fucking (or not, in the case of some wives) pulls down. It's quite disgusting, but of course guys are pigs if they state that they prefer good-looking women.