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Finding a Job for Your Mathematics Degree


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Okay, you're not a numbers cruncher like an accountant, but you are a numbers lover; someone who likes to conduct research and then compute information using logical methods and analysis. That's terrific. But what are you going to do with your mathematics degree once you graduate from college?

Hopefully you've given this a lot of thought and have already planned your career direction. However, if you are still up in the air about what you want to do for the rest of your life, here are some career ideas for mathematics majors.

Business

One thing that is important to note is that according to predictions, there are some real opportunities in 2008 for ""creative workers who excel in the logical and mathematical."" Big areas where businesses plan to hire and where a math degree can come in handy are in the fields of finance, accounting, and IT particularly in programming, systems, and databases.

However, if these areas are to commonplace for your math degree and you're hoping to branch out into something a bit different, you might want to consider becoming a business analyst. Depending on the needs and type of organization, a typical business analyst reviews data and makes recommendations to executives in order to improve business performance and maximize revenue.

Or maybe actuarial work, Wall Street trading, or insurance underwriting is more to your liking. All these areas lend themselves well to a math degree. Or you might even choose to take your mathematics degree into the field of research, like Justin Abbott from the University of California, Davis. Justin uses his math skills to develop ""mathematical descriptions of electronic and optical properties of materials at the nanoscale."" As a modeling scientist, Justin uses his math skills everyday and recommends ""strong command of linear algebra and probability theory.""

Education

Every college degree can be paired with further education and a teaching credential and can lead you to a career in teaching. Whether you teach calculus and statistics to high school students or math to junior high students it is all up to you.

Environment

Want to focus your career on the environment? Hope to combine sustainability and calculus or combine your passion for green building construction and math? The areas of science, math, technology and engineering have always blended and complimented each other well. But what many people don't realize is that degrees in sustainability require a strong background in calculus and finite math.

If you want to take your math degree to a career with purpose, consider pursuing further education by obtaining your graduate degree in environmental sustainability. These two areas married together can equip you to handle projects that involve architecture, design, business, engineering, and policymaking.

Research

Of course research and math degrees go hand in hand. It's just a matter of deciding how you want to apply your research. Perhaps you want to solve economic or scientific problems or maybe engineering or business problems. You could work for the military or law enforcement, private business or academia.

And if you still don't feel that any of these areas are right for you, you may want to do a little research of your own into the fields of biostatistics, bioinformatics, epidemiology, image analysis, or cryptography.

Math is a great liberal arts degree and one of the most fundamental of sciences. Mathematical theory and techniques are used daily. Now you just need to apply your knowledge to discover what career path you want to take.


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