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What can you do with a Math major? What does a mathematician do? 
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#1
Mar3006, 07:37 PM

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I'm still searching for a major and career that would fit me best. I'm sure this has been asked many times here, sorry if so.
My whole life I've been gifted in math, it comes easy and I like it. I've started learning about more complicated stuff like Pascal's triangle, Fibinachi(sp?) numbers, Phi/golden ratio.This stuff fascinates me so I was thinking maybe a math major would fit me. I know I want to use math in my career, but I don't know exactly what a math major would lead me to. Thanks. 


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Mar3006, 08:35 PM

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Here's a few... Cryptographer Professor Actuary Financial Analyst Strategist 


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Apr206, 09:32 PM

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I forgot to mention that I was looking for careers that don't involve credit card companies or financial firms. I want a job that actually helps out other people and the world rather than make a new videogame or that does something insignificant and doesn't better the world. Could you also list careers that don't necesarily need a math major, but use math a lot? Thanks for the help.



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Apr206, 10:57 PM

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What can you do with a Math major? What does a mathematician do?
Without mathematics, there wouldn't be doctors, engineers, scientists, environmentalists... hell there would be nothing. You can study mathematics for its own sake and know that some time in the future it will be used to help people. 


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Apr206, 11:02 PM

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You could become a math teacher!



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Apr306, 01:01 AM

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You can't not be dumb to be a mathematician. Thats why I want to be one.



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Apr306, 02:50 AM

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You can look at the following link and see what you can get with a math degree.
http://www.collegegrad.com/salaries/index.shtml 


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Apr306, 02:59 AM

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Also, there are dumb people in every profession. 


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Apr306, 03:05 AM

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There aren't not any stupid mathematicians. That is definetely and feasibly for sure.



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Apr306, 04:47 AM

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How can you say that when by your own admission you don't know who counts as a mathematician? (I am not supporting or defending any beliefs of anyone in this thread, just pointing out that saying 'I don't know what you can do with a mathematics degree' doesn't put you in a best position to comment on the people who have one). One of the few unifying themes in academic life is the almost intolerable, to some, recalcitrance of anyone to offer such definitive wide reaching assertions without defining your terms. Does anyone with a degree in maths count as a 'mathematician'? If so there are plenty of people with such a qualification who would be described as stupid by many people.
I think the reference to you misspeaking is that twice now you've used a double negative: aren't not; can't not. 


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Apr306, 06:00 AM

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Does he mean "you have to be dumb to be...errr..." and "there are stupid mathematicians" or I'm just interpret it wrong way? 


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Apr306, 09:02 AM

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I am sorry, I was in a goofy mood. I was just kidding in both of those posts. I think I should get used to using the smily faces so that people can tell when I am kidding.



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Apr306, 10:24 AM

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I would start using smileys a bit more, because it seems like you simply messed up your double negatives there. 


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Apr306, 12:59 PM

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As you can see, I have edited the posts with smileys.



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Apr406, 01:50 PM

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e.g. Are you an applied math major or pure math major? That definitely decides whether you're going to be getting a realworld (application) based job or something a little less applied. (So to speak) Also, I have seen math majors getting jobs as computer programmers, administrators and such. Math degrees can get you a lot of jobs but it just depends on your specialization I guess. 


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Apr406, 06:53 PM

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Math major = Math teacher
Applied Math = Endless possibilities 


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Apr506, 09:06 AM

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Well, pure math majors do end up as computer programmers in some cases you're not just limited to getting a job as a math teacher...



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Apr506, 09:44 AM

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Utter, utter nonsense. 


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