Why Study/Major in/Minor in Mathematics?
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Mathematics is everywhere. It's cliché, but it's also true. A degree in mathematics will prepare you for jobs in statistics, actuarial sciences, mathematical modeling, cryptography, and mathematics education, as well as for graduate school leading to a research career in engineering, mathematics or statistics. Graduates from our program have found employment with many different types of companies including technology, engineering, and financial companies.
Want more specifics? Here are some reasons/considerations as to why you may want to major in mathematics:
- You like it and/or you're good at it!
We're not dodging the question. In the career you choose beyond Mines, you will be working 8 hours a day, 5 days a week, 50 weeks a year (at least!), so whatever you choose, be certain you enjoy it!
- When it comes to job satisfaction, Why Wouldn't You?!?
Consider the job satisfaction1 rankings from the past 4 years (as determined by CareerCast and ordered by their 4-year average),
2013 2012 2011 2010 Actuary 1 2 3 1 Software Engineer 3 1 1 2 Mathematician2 18 10 2 6 Statistician3 20 18 4 8 Physicist 21 25 14 27 Petroleum Engineer 28 16 24 36 Mechanical Engineer 82 66 62 71 Electrical Engineer 98 73 78 64 Chemist 125 94 69 54 Attorney4 117 87 82 80
1Job Satisfaction calculated based on 5 key categories: Physical Demands, Work Environment, Income, Stress and Hiring Outlook
2Applies mathematical theories and formulas to teach or solve problems in a business, educational, or industrial climate.
3Tabulates, analyzes, and interprets the numeric results of experiments and surveys.
4We've included this one as a frame of reference, since no one likes a lawyer.
- Happiness is over-rated, I want to make bank!
Fine, according to PayScale, Applied Mathematics is one of the top 10 college majors that lead to high salaries.
- I want to get a higher degree, but I'm not sure if I want to continue to study math.
Consider the following information gathered from a study comparing student performance on admission tests for graduate and professional schools:
Major LSAT GMAT Mathematics +12.8% +13.3% Biology +4.0% +3.3% Chemistry +7.6% +7.5% Arts and Music -0.05% -1.2%
The entries given above show the mean score difference between the major listed and all test takers.
Want specifics for Mines students? View the Mathematics and Statistics document from the Career Center to see who's hiring our CS majors, what types of jobs are available, and starting salaries.