The field of mathematics forms an important basis of human knowledge. A diligent and highly motivated student with a background in mathematics will find many options in careers or in post-graduate study. If you want to study mathematics, engineering, science, education, or any technical field, and are not sure which, then mathematics will provide you with a strong foundation that will support many choices.
While you are working on your degree in mathematics you will be given opportunities to develop many skills. Some of these are specifically related to your field of study and some of them have relevance outside of it. Those skills that can be used in other contexts – such as the ability to solve problems, communicate well, learn quickly, organize your time – are called transferable skills.
Although it may seem a long way off, chances are, that one day, degree in hand; you will be looking for a job. Your transferable skills will be of particular interest to potential employers, who will not just be concerned with your performance in your subject, but in the overall contribution that you can make to their organization. If you can convince an employer that you can work well within a team, solve problems, organize, innovate, adapt, and so forth, you will outshine your competitors in the job market.
Studying mathematics at Castleton creates wide-ranging opportunities for your future. Castleton graduates work successfully as statisticians, market researchers, computer programmers, systems analysts, and in business administration and management. Many Castleton graduates teach mathematics in high school, middle school, or elementary school. At all levels of teaching there is a critical need for quality mathematics instruction. Some Castleton graduates immediately pursue graduate study at both the master's and doctoral levels, while other continue graduate study later.
In general, employers hire math majors because of their knowledge of quantitative methods, skills and experience with symbolic reasoning and manipulation, and ability to analyze complex phenomena. An individual employer is likely to have particular requirements or demands, such as knowledge of statistics. Industrial employers may expect you to have a basic knowledge of relevant subjects. For example, a chemical company may hire only people who have taken a year or more of college chemistry. Many companies are interested in double majors between mathematics and another field. The ability to solve quantitative problems and work efficiently with mathematical models in one of these other fields is prized.
You can expect that any employment will involve the use of computers, at least amounting to the use of ready-made software. You can also expect that any employment will require the ability to speak and write in a clear, well-organized and cogent manner. Good communications skills are essential.
Most jobs will involve the use or development of mathematical models, the mathematical description of real-life phenomena. You will find some work with models in many math courses, including calculus, linear algebra, mathematical methods in science, probability and statistics, operations research and graph theory. Experience with models can also be gained in physics and other science courses, and in some social sciences, especially economics.
The position of actuarial assistant probably attracts more of our graduates than any other single job. Employers usually require entry-level actuarial assistants to have passed at least the first actuarial exam. The financial sciences industry, banks, brokerages, and insurance companies, hire math majors. Any business with problems of resource management, inventory control, or scheduling of operations can use mathematically trained people. The health care industry, including drug manufacturers, needs statisticians. There is mathematical work in companies, organizations, and government agencies concerned with environmental issues, from water resource management to wildlife protection. Mathematics teachers are also needed in secondary schools.
Some jobs will require advanced education -- possibly a master's degree, in mathematics, statistics, operations research, or computer science, or in other fields, such as business management, economics, or some aspect of the biological sciences. Some employers will support employees who pursue advanced education on a part-time basis.
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At Castleton, many students have taken double majors in mathematics and either physics or economics, but these are not the only possibilities. For example, biomathematics and biostatistics are fields which apply mathematical techniques to the study of biological systems. Good undergraduate preparation for work in such areas would naturally include study in both biology and mathematics. Rigorous mathematical techniques have only recently begun to be employed in some of the social sciences, so such a double major might be very attractive to a prospective employer or graduate school. Many other combinations are possible.
The mathematics major at Castleton gives you the opportunity to design a strong and personal program of study. To take full advantage of this opportunity, you should start planning your own program early in your college career.
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