What to Do With a Degree in Math

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Do you love working with numbers? Are you passionate about logarithms, matrices and exponential equations? If you are, you may be thinking of getting a degree in math. But what will you do with it? You may have asked yourself that question, and if not, surely other people have. What kind of careers are good for people who have earned a bachelor's degree in math? There are many. Here are some options for you to consider.


This is the most obvious choice for someone who has studied math, but certainly not the only one. Most mathematician jobs require a graduate degree, for example a master's or doctorate, but if you want to work for the federal government you need only a bachelor's degree. Jobs in this occupation involve creating mathematical models to solve practical problems in fields such as business, engineering and science.

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Actuaries use statistical analysis to figure out the probability of the occurrence of certain events in order to to minimize the risks associated with them. The tools of the trade are database and modeling software. Actuaries primarily work in the insurance industry where they help companies design policies and set premiums. Others work in the financial services industry. There are several choices regarding the degree you need to work as an actuary.

A bachelor's degree in math is one of your options.

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Market Research Analyst

Market research analysts design surveys that help companies decide what products consumers will buy and how to promote them. They train interviewers to conduct these surveys and after all the data has been collected, they use statistical methods to analyze it.

Finally, market research analysts share their findings with their employers by preparing written reports in which they also graphically illustrate the results of the surveys. You need a bachelor's degree, which could be in math, to work in this occupation.

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Survey Researcher

Survey researchers, like market research analysts, design surveys. Their goal is to gather information about the public, including factual data, opinions and beliefs. They usually work for political candidates, government agencies and corporations. They use statistical techniques and software to analyze the data they collect. You need a bachelor's degree to work in this occupation, but you have a bit of leeway when it comes to choosing a major. Many employers will hire job candidates who have earned a degree in math.

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Secondary School Teacher

It is a teacher's job to help their students learn concepts in a variety of subjects. Secondary school teachers work in middle and high schools, usually specializing in a single subject area such as mathematics, English and language arts, social studies, a world language, visual arts or music. In addition to earning a degree in education, you probably need an additional degree in the subject area in which you want to specialize.

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Cost Estimator

Cost estimators calculate the costs of completing construction or manufacturing projects. They take into account expenses that include labor, raw materials and equipment. This occupation does not have specific educational requirements but earning a bachelor's degree can make you a more competitive job candidate. Since cost estimators need strong mathematical skills, earning a degree in this subject should serve you well.

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Financial Advisor

Financial advisors help people plan for their long and short term financial goals that include saving for their children's college tuition and their own retirement. Additionally, they advise their clients on investments, taxes and insurance. A minimum of a bachelor's degree is required to work in this field.

Math is an appropriate choice since financial advisors need strong skills in this area.

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Real Estate Appraiser

Real estate appraisers estimate the value of residential and commercial property before the owner sells or develops it or gets a mortgage. When calculating property taxes an appraisal must also be done. Because they work with numbers, majoring in math is beneficial, although not required. Real estate appraisers have bachelor's degrees in other areas of study as well.

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Statisticians collect data that allow entities, including governments, colleges and corporations, to answer questions about the public. Using mathematical techniques, they decide what methods to employ and how to overcome any problems they may encounter. They design surveys, experiments and polls and then analyze the collected data. A master's degree, which can be in math, statistics or survey methodology, is required for most jobs. You can enter a graduate program after earning a bachelor's degree in any major that provides a very strong background in math.

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Operations Research Analyst

Operations research analysts help companies and organizations solve problems and make decisions using their expertise in mathematics. After identifying problems, they gather data and analyze it. Then based on this information, they develop solutions and choose the one they think will have the best results.

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