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Careers that Can Start with a Math Degree
Apr 16, 2019
Math is often thought about as not having a very practical application, especially once you get into secondary school math. These days, calculators are available at the touch of a few buttons on a mobile device and as great as that may be for servers to not be undertipped as a result of bad math, many people don’t feel like learning post-primary math is worth their time, because they don’t use it again. First, what we, here at Mathnasium of Littleton try to teach, is that like many things in life, math builds on concepts. Understanding concepts as a whole allows kids to better critically think, which is a skill set they will need their entire life. Second, there are many professions, some which are growing rapidly, that prefer or require math degrees.
Math degrees can open doors to lots of potential careers, including many that are new and upcoming because of advancements in technology. In these careers is where math becomes real for a lot of people – it’s where all that abstract math learned makes sense. Math majors are constantly exploring new challenges as more is discovered in the field. Wondering what these are? Let’s take a look at some of the career paths you can take with a math degree.
This one may be a bit obvious, but the future needs teachers. Primary, secondary and post-secondary schools and institutions all need experts who are good at explaining processes to students. The older those students get, the more complex the processes get. STEM jobs are in high demand and more we keep technologically advancing, the more people we will need to fill those jobs. With the demand of math majors to fill these jobs, so, too comes the demand for more educators to teach math students to then go on and use their degree in a STEM profession.
Banks are a great place to start for recent graduates with math degrees. Everything from retail, market research, business modeling and consulting are all parts of banking that utilize math degrees. Market research, for instance is something that is very heavy in math, as researchers identify trends and develop plans for growth and opportunities. Same with business modeling – understanding risks involved with funding various projects requires quite a bit of forecasting and math. Often times, math degrees will allow to skip becoming a teller first so that you can move straight into working on more a project basis.
Similar to Information Technology, this field is one of the fastest growing employers for math graduates. Computer language is all based in math so any new design for software or hardware requires input from math experts. Think of your favorite phone apps – it took someone very knowledgeable in math to code and implement them. Developers are constantly recruiting those with math degrees to help come up with the next best app or website or technology that will lead the industry and as soon as the next best thing launches, another next best thing is right on its tail. This industry is dynamic and highly evolving as has all sorts of opportunities waiting for those with math degrees.
Accounting and finance are a part of every business and many peoples’ lives. When people think of accounting professionally, they often think of auditors and CPAs, but the world of accounting also includes positions like forensic accounting, tax accounting and corporate accounting. Accountants must have a degree in math and often have to complete internship requirements. They also take more specialized courses and sometimes have to pass industry-specific tests to become certified or hired for certain positions.
Accountants often become business owners or eventually Chief Financial Officers or Chief Executive Officers because of the comprehensive knowledge they end up learning about all facets of a business. Despite that accountants might just seem like number crunchers, they generally have overviews of all ins and outs of a business, which makes them good C-team members.
Despite that most students and adults may think that math is a chore and that a lot of the more complex math that they learn is irrelevant to real day life and jobs, it’s important to note the amount of jobs that do use math every day. Building and understanding math concepts from an early age is important and might even set your kid up to be a math major someday. So, come on over to the math side and come visit us at Mathnasium of Littleton! We are math experts and tutors that can help.