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Mathematicians solve scientific, economic, engineering, and other problems using mathematical techniques and computers. Mathematics falls into two categories: theoretical and applied. A small number of mathematicians work in theoretical mathematics, the study and development of mathematical principles without regard to their practical use. Most theoretical mathematicians work in academics. Applied mathematics is a much larger field that attempts to solve practical problems in engineering, government, business, and science using math. How should investors distribute their funds to maximize profit? How might a bioterrorism incident affect a city?s population? Which manufacturing process is the most cost-effective? These are questions applied mathematics helps answer. How will a mathematics degree help me? Many entry-level positions mentioned above ? including teacher, computer scientist, and government employee ? are open to those with a bachelor?s degree in mathematics. Because so many mathematics-related jobs are in fields other than math, a second major or focus can make you a substantially more qualified candidate. A master?s degree or PhD will make you a more desirable candidate for mathematics-specific jobs, including academic and research positions.

Publish date: February 10, 2011