Word Problem Wednesday: Math Skills And Career Opportunities

Apr 11, 2018 | Diamond Bar

Elementary and middle school students can practice their problem solving and math skills in this career opportunities based word problem challenge.

Although our students don't always want to believe it, having strong math skills now can help them not only in the present, but in their future career as well.  This week's word problem Wednesday is for upper elementary and middle school students. Use your math skills to make important decisions as you help April figure out which job she should take.

Go ahead and give it a try, Mathletes! When you're ready, check below for the solution.

Challenge: April is deciding what kind of job she should take. She’s deciding between jobs as a lab assistant (which will pay her $48.00 for 4 hours of work), a computer programmer (which will pay her $65.00 for 5 hours of work), and a reporter (which will pay her $69.00 for 6 hours of work). Which job should she take if she wants to earn the most money per hour?

Solution: The lab assistant job pays $48.00 ÷ 4 = $12.00 per hour. The computer programmer job pays $65.00 ÷ 5 = $13.00 per hour. The reporter job pays $69.00 ÷ 6 = $11.50 per hour. So, if April wants to earn the most money per hour, she should take the job as a computer programmer.


(Image above by Nick Youngson.)