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Mathematics

# Majoring in Mathematics

### What is Math good for? Why do I need to learn this? When will I ever use this?

The answers to these questions vary from person to person, however, in one way or another we all benefit from taking math classes. Every discipline and career path benefits from the development of problem solving skills.

- Critical Thinking: actively and skillfully conceptualizing, applying, analyzing, synthesizing, and/or evaluating information gathered from, or generated by, observation, experience, reflection, reasoning, or communication, as a guide to belief and action.
- Quantitative Reasoning: application of basic mathematics skills to the analysis and interpretation of real-worldinformation in the context of a discipline or an interdisciplinary problem to draw conclusions that are relevant to a person's daily life.
- Logical processes: reasoning from one or more statements to reach a valid conclusion.
- Procedure: a series of actions conducted in a certain order or manner.

Without thinking about it, you are going to apply some of the practices you learned in a math class whether it involves numbers or not.

### What can I do with a major in Mathematics? What is kind of salary will I get with a job that uses Mathematics? Does my career choice require Mathematics course?

Teaching, statistician, actuary, appraiser, accountant are all jobs that most of us associate with mathematics, but so many more career choices rely on mathematical knowledge and skills! Stock traders, designers, architects, engineers, analysts, climatologists, computer programmers, small business owners and many more rely on the skills learned in a math class.

If you interested in a majoring in Applied Mathematics or a field that has mathematics as part of its pathway, please check out these sites and documents.

https://www.math.uh.edu/~tomforde/ConsideringMathMajor.html

http://www.learnhowtobecome.org/careers-for-numbers-people/

https://www.math.uh.edu/~tomforde/Images/SIAM-brochure.pdf

https://www.sokanu.com/careers/collections/highest-paying-jobs-that-involve-math/