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What Can I Do With A Major In Mathematics?

Even if you do not choose a career in the mathematical sciences, studying as much mathematics as you can is a good way to keep your options open. Mathematics is an excellent foundation for, and is usually a prerequisite to, all areas of science and engineering. Students in such areas as anthropology, sociology and psychology, as well as law, business and medicine benefit from a solid background in mathematics and statistics. In addition, mathematical training will help you to better understand science and technology and their effects on our world. Because their skills are in demand, mathematical scientists often find they can follow a number of career paths which generally pay higher salaries. As you plan your future, remember that study in the mathematical sciences can lead to an interesting, rewarding and well-paying career. It is not merely a conjecture that jobs in the mathematical sciences (pure and applied mathematics, operations research, statistics, management science, teaching and actuarial science) are “best.” According to a 2012 salary survey conducted by the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE), the average starting salary for mathematics majors was $43,800, which is higher than the average for all 2011 graduates at $41,701.

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