What other options can I consider with a major in Math and a minor in Stats?

In summary, the conversation focused on the speaker's dilemma of choosing a minor in statistics while pursuing a math major. They were discouraged from pursuing a math degree due to limited career options beyond teaching, and were advised to consider engineering instead. However, the speaker expressed concerns about being a "hands-on" person and the male-dominated nature of engineering. They expressed feeling confused and pressured about their future career path. The responder encouraged them to take time to think about their interests and addressed the misconception that a math degree only leads to teaching or research careers. They provided an example of a math major finding success in the corporate sector.
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I'm a Math major, and am considering a minor in Stats. The thing is, I keep getting told that a math degree won't get me anywhere, besides teaching. I've been told to go into engineering instead. The problem is, I don't think I'm the "hands-on" type of person, and I know engineering is hands-on work. Also, it's a male-dominated field, so I don't think it would be too comfortable for me, considering I'm a girl. I'm just confused, I feel kind of pressured. What else can I go into?
 
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What do you want to do?
 
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I'm not sure...
 
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SMA_01 said:
I'm not sure...

Well give it some thought before going headlong into a certain major :)
 
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Figuring out what you want to do is certainly the next step, but I want to address something else in your post.

SMA_01 said:
... The thing is, I keep getting told that a math degree won't get me anywhere, besides teaching. ...

That is not true.

http://www.maa.org/careers/

If you're looking to teach and do research, then yes you'll need a PhD. However, teaching and research are not the only options available to you, and it's unfortunate that people believe this.

http://books.google.com/books?id=BBZMl1lMnZcC&printsec=frontcover#v=onepage&q&f=false

One example from the book in that link:

Jack Cassidy obtained his BA in mathematics and got a job at Hewlett Packard developing algorithms that control "All-in-one" devices (printers, copiers, faxes, etc.).
 

Related to What other options can I consider with a major in Math and a minor in Stats?

1. Should I change my major if I am not enjoying my current classes?

It depends on the reason for your lack of enjoyment. If you simply find the material challenging but still have a strong interest in the subject, it may be worth sticking with your major. However, if you have completely lost interest in the subject and dread attending classes, it may be worth considering a change.

2. Will changing my major delay my graduation?

It is possible that changing your major could delay your graduation, as you may need to take additional courses or catch up on prerequisite classes for your new major. It's important to speak with an academic advisor to create a plan that minimizes any potential delays.

3. Is it better to stick with my current major for job prospects, even if I am not passionate about it?

It ultimately depends on your career goals and priorities. If you have a clear career path in mind and your current major aligns with your goals, it may be beneficial to stick with it. However, if you have a strong passion for a different subject and believe it will lead to a more fulfilling career, it may be worth considering a change.

4. How do I know if I am making the right decision in changing my major?

Changing your major is a big decision and it's natural to have doubts. It's important to thoroughly research your new major, speak with academic advisors and career counselors, and reach out to students or professionals in the field to gain insight. Ultimately, trust your instincts and choose a major that aligns with your interests and goals.

5. Will changing my major affect my financial aid or scholarships?

Depending on your situation, changing your major may affect your financial aid or scholarships. Some scholarships are specific to certain majors, so you may need to reapply for different scholarships if you switch majors. Additionally, if changing your major results in a longer time to graduation, you may need to reapply for financial aid. It's important to speak with a financial aid advisor to understand how changing your major may affect your aid.

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