Do you like mathematics and have a talent for it? Here are a few reasons you might consider majoring in math.
What should a student seek and expect from an education? Is it purely training for a vocation or even a particular job? In studying mathematics, a person is learning a discipline that touches large aspects of many fields. It should prepare you for jobs, but it should also give you intellectual tools to rise in your vocation and enrich your intellectual life. Each course should contribute to some of these goals.
An education should improve a person's ability to think and analyze. You should expect a mathematics education to improve this ability. 1. Improve your ability to think abstractly: analysis disassociated from any specific instance so that it may apply to many instances. 2. Improve your ability to think rigorously: constructing tight logical arguments that have complexity. 3. Improve your ability to think creatively: finding original or unconventional relationships and arguments. 4. Improve your ability to think critically: identifying issues, gathering background knowledge, formulating and testing hypotheses, and constructing supporting arguments A good mathematics education should fulfill 1, 2, and 3. A mathematics education combined with courses in the sciences or social sciences fulfills 4.
Look at the the American Mathematical Society page for Undergraduates in Mathematics. It contains information on Graduate School; Summer Programs; REUs; Special Semesters; Math Clubs, Conferences, and On-line Journals; Competitions, Prizes, and Honorary Societies; Careers, Jobs and Internships. It also has a pdf Brochure.
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A guide to careers for people who like numbers can be found at
The Attention High School Students and Teachers page of the American Mathematical Society is a useful page that includes a PDF brochure A Guide To Online Resources For High School Math Students featuring a long list of careers that use mathematics to varying degrees.
The Career Center of the American Statistical Association is a website on careers in Statistics. The website contains:
An actuary evaluates risk. We usually think of actuaries working in insurance, but they also work in consulting and finance, among other fields. Advancement as an actuary is through a system of exams given by the Society of Actuaries. General information is available on the website Be An Actuary.
For each type of teacher listed at the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics site, Occupational Outlook Handbook (Education, Training, and Library Occupations), follow the "More Information" link. Also take a look at Teach for America.
The Undergraduate Mathematics Majors website of the AMS has information including:
An engine for Ranking Graduate Programs in the United States is given on the PhDs.org website. You can input the criteria you wish to use in the ranking. The site uses data from the 1994 National Research Council data. A list of Mathematics Departments is provided by Penn State University. You can click USA to see the list of universities in the US that have Mathematics department websites. By clicking on any university in the list, you are led to the Department of Mathematics web page of that university. All information on Graduate Study can be obtained from these sites. Don't neglect to explore the LSU graduate program website.