Forgotten Majors Series: What Can I Do with a Math Degree?

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Student, English Education, Purdue University

May   2012

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Math MajorThis 10-part series will look at those forgotten majors: the ones that do not seem to have job fairs, the ones that make people ask “What will you do with that?” and the ones that find students saying “I like the subject, but what do I do with my degree now?”

Likes working with numbers.

Enjoys solving problems.

Has a knack for multiplication and logarithms.

Longs to spend time solving equations.

If this describes you, a math degree should be within your reach! Careers in mathematics can be both personally enriching and financially rewarding. People who enjoy working with numbers can benefit from a wide range of career opportunities as long as they know where to look. Jobs relating to numbers and probability are in numerous fields that are respectable and well known, assuming the candidate is willing to find them.

Math teacher

If you want to work with children and want to make a difference in their lives, working as a math teacher might be a good career path for you. Math education is a rewarding field that allows teachers to work with children across the age groups while teaching them valuable skills that are applicable to real life.

Accountant

Big businesses always are looking for accountants and number crunchers to help manage their business and finance department. Being an accountant is a great way to get inside the big companies and experience the thrill of working for a well-known corporation.

Government

Government jobs aren’t just for those select few that become CIA agents or part of the secret service. Government agencies look for candidates with strong math backgrounds to help with security measures, technology, and political matters around the world. Another perk of working for a government agency is the potential to be placed overseas or travel frequently if traveling is something that interests you.

Insurance agencies

Insurance agencies are often looking for valuable and skilled candidates who can crunch numbers and work with probability and statistics for determining risk factors when dealing with automobile crashes, house fires, and other natural disasters which often ruin homes, businesses, and valuables.

Skills math majors have:

  • Problem solving
  • Computing
  • Critical thinking 

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About Megan Sietsma

Megan Sietsma

Megan Sietsma is a student at Purdue University, pursuing a degree in English education with a minor in Linguistics and Reading, and plans to graduate in May 2012. Megan also currently works as a Technical Writer and Research Assistant with Institute for P-12 Engineering Research and Learning (INSPIRE) at Purdue University. Megan stays active on campus and in the community through her involvement with Purdue University Dance Marathon, Junior Achievement, and the Greater Lafayette Holocaust Remembrance Conference. Outside of school and work, Megan enjoys reading, creative writing, watching movies, and spending time with her family and friends.

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