Why Study Mathematics?

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Why Study Mathematics?

Here at the Department of Mathematics, we make it a goal to cater to the many diverse interests of our majors and minors. We believe that students gain the most from developing self-discipline, self-reliance, problem solving skills, and having autonomy over their own creativity; all of which are highly valued skills in the job market and academia. While studying Mathematics or Statistics and Data Science (SDS) can lead to a career such as a mathmetician, math teacher, or professor, students who study math develop valuable problem-solving skills that can be translated to some of the top jobs in the nation. 

According to US News Report & World Report, the jobs below are among the top 100 in the nation and all make use Mathematics and Statistics and Data Science!

#1 Software Developer

Coming in at #1, being a software developer requires a substantial understanding of mathematics. Heavily involving numbers and problem-solving, this career path can prove to be very successful for students looking to get creative with math.

#7 Financial Manager

The main role of a financial manager is to compile and analyze data in order to solve for certain variables. Financial problems require mathematical formulas. A career as a financial manager means a career as a problem solver. 

#22 Data Scientist

The demand for data science is growing quickly in today's job market. In the digital age, data scienctists use all kinds of data like statistics, quantitative reasoning, and numbers in general, to solve and answer a wide variety of problems. 

#27 Actuary

Actuarial science is becoming more and more sought after across fields. Known as a "risk maker", an actuary uses a wide array of mathematical sciences to manage financial risks and hopefully mitigate these risks. More often than not, math majors are hired as actuaries!

#28 Operations Research Analyst

Applying mathematics to the world of business is the role of an operations research analyst. Using statistical analysis, optimization, data mining, and mathematical analysis, these problem solvers help businesses reach peak performance numbers.

# 30 Statistician

Every field of work requires data to be analyzed and interpreted in order to formulate answers. Statisticians do just that! Whether its public safety, sports, public relations, or health care, a career as a Statistician can prove to be quite diverse.



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