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Tuesday, November 19, 2013

6 Jobs You Can Get With a Math Degree

Have you ever wondered, “What can you do with a math degree? Is becoming a math teacher my only option?” Well today I am here to show you the many options you have upon graduating with a math degree.

An actuary is someone who calculates the financial impact of situations that have risk and uncertainty. This is common in the insurance industry, since the nature of these industries is based on unplanned events. Actuaries are also hired by private companies to determine things such as potential demand for a new product, or to predict the probability and cost of an event. Being an actuary has proven to be a very lucrative field, and is consistently ranked as one of the most desirable professions that will continue to be in great demand in the future. If you feel you have a strong understanding of mathematics, statistics, as well as business, this would be a great job to consider.

As the name implies, statisticians work with using statistics in the application of mathematical principles. They collect, analyze, and present numerical data in the form of surveys and experiments. If you are considering or are already majoring in applied mathematics, this might be the career for you. Additional background in computer science would help, as would additional studies in chemistry or a health science (in the case of testing products).

Market Research Analyst
If you like gathering and analyzing information, particularly about what people think and how they will perceive things, this might be the career path for you! Market research analysts help companies use statistical data from past sales to predict future sales and to predict which market they should target for their products or services. In addition to mathematics and statistics skills, knowledge in computer science, survey design and sampling theory would help you in this field.

Budget/Financial Analyst
Budget and financial analysts will both work with a company to maximize the way they spend their money. Budget analysts develop, analyze and execute budgets, making sure that they are accurate and in compliance with laws. Financial analysts also guide businesses in their finances, but are more geared towards investment opportunities. They give recommendations and help companies develop investment strategies that will be profitable after evaluating the industry and business trends.

Government Careers
Many departments of the government recruit math majors for various types of careers (notably, the NSA). For many of these fields, you would need significant knowledge in another field such as engineering, computer science, or business, but your background of analysis, statistics, and differential equations from your math education will give you a great start into any field you decide to go into.

Yes, it’s the most obvious job that people think of when they think of a math degree, but that doesn’t mean it’s a bad thing! If you truly love both math and teaching, then it makes sense to consider a career as a math teacher. You can become a K-12 math teacher with a bachelor’s degree, but you will most likely need a Ph.D. to become a college professor or higher.

These are just a few of the examples of amazing careers you can pursue with a math degree. Some of them may have been obvious, but hopefully you’ve learned a bit more about the possibilities that are open to you! Remember, even if a job does not specifically involve math, having a math degree still makes you desirable to employers because it shows that you have experience with analyzing data and problem solving.

 We also have a fun and helpful infographic to share with you, showing all of these various jobs!

So if you were undecided about declaring yourself as a math major, or perhaps you had even overlooked it as a possibility, I hope this article has changed your mind! If there are any other job possibilities for math majors you’d like to share, we’d love to hear it in a comment!

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