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Mathematics Major...A Closer Look
By Misty Sneddon
Those who love the beauty and elegance of mathematics, find math in many life aspects, and surround themselves with others who enjoy math are most likely quite successful working with numbers. It’s safe to say that by high school one knows where their strengths and weaknesses are. Choosing to continue one’s Mathematical education at the collegiate level should not be made hastily. While graduating with a Mathematics degree is an excellent choice, one needs to really love the topic because it is not an easy one to pursue. Common characteristics mathematicians share are extreme intelligence and confidence. They are big on quality control, logic and precision. Their focus is quite intense, and they tend to have a quirky sense of humor. They are often more comfortable relating to equations than to people.
Many students who acquire a Bachelor’s degree in Mathematics often continue education in law, medicine and business. Postgraduate programs view a degree in Mathematics as an excellent choice, as the curriculum is quite rigorous and enables a student to learn analytical and problem solving skills. Mathematics majors are comfortable with abstract ideas and develop strict reasoning skills. Those who are successful in Mathematics have a tremendous amount of hard focus, a skill the Mathematics major will have honed and perfected throughout college and beyond.
Depending upon one’s concentration, classes a Mathematics major can take are calculus, linear algebra, discreet mathematics, abstract algebra, complex analysis, numerical analysis, classical geometries, physics, economics, mechanical engineering, computer science, statistics, geophysics, cryptology and number theory, stochastic processes, actuarial mathematics, dynamical systems and chaos and mathematical analysis of biological networks.
Few people with a Mathematics degree end up spending their lives in the realm of numbers and equations. After graduating with a four-year degree in Mathematics, many students find careers in the following fields:
• Data Scientist
• Actuarial Scientist
• Operations Researcher
• College Professor
• Computer Scientist
• Database Administrator
• Teacher K-12
• Engineering Analyst
• Computer Analyst
• Computer Programmer
• Survey Researcher
• Numerical Analyst
According to the Bureau of Labor and Statistics, a mathematician will make an average yearly salary of $103,000. However, those who choose to utilize a Mathematics degree in other fields such as a survey researcher make an average of $40,000 per year. A meteorologist averages $90,000 per year. The salary range for anyone with a degree in Mathematics is broad, and one needs to take into consideration job title as well as experience.