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  1. #1 Career 
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    Hi
    I'm new to this forum.

    I got my Bachelor of Science degree in Mathematics in 2007. I wasn't sure what I wanted to do with it, so I basically just applied to any job that would take a math major. I had no idea what kind of job-hunting experience I would have due to all the horror stories my "friends" told me that no one wants to hire math majors. Well, they were seriously wrong. My phone would not stop ringing with people calling asking me for interviews. I ended up accepting a job with the DoD as an Electronic Warfare Scientist. I hate to say this, but I don't like my job. I don't feel challenged and I see the job as a dead end.

    I feel so lost because I have no idea what to do with my degree and it seems like I should have that all figured out now since I graduated four years ago. Does anyone have any suggestions on how to determine what I should do with my math degree. Courses that came natural to me and I loved were Advanced Engineering Mathematics (Differential Equations) and Calculus.

    Are there any careers/career fields out there that involve either of those classes or both?

    Also, I would really like to get my master's degree, but I'm also not sure what I should specialize in. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.

    Thank you in advance!!
    ~Beckie


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    Quote Originally Posted by Beckie
    Hi
    I'm new to this forum.

    I got my Bachelor of Science degree in Mathematics in 2007. I wasn't sure what I wanted to do with it, so I basically just applied to any job that would take a math major. I had no idea what kind of job-hunting experience I would have due to all the horror stories my "friends" told me that no one wants to hire math majors. Well, they were seriously wrong. My phone would not stop ringing with people calling asking me for interviews. I ended up accepting a job with the DoD as an Electronic Warfare Scientist. I hate to say this, but I don't like my job. I don't feel challenged and I see the job as a dead end.

    I feel so lost because I have no idea what to do with my degree and it seems like I should have that all figured out now since I graduated four years ago. Does anyone have any suggestions on how to determine what I should do with my math degree. Courses that came natural to me and I loved were Advanced Engineering Mathematics (Differential Equations) and Calculus.

    Are there any careers/career fields out there that involve either of those classes or both?

    Also, I would really like to get my master's degree, but I'm also not sure what I should specialize in. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.

    Thank you in advance!!
    ~Beckie
    1. If you want to pursue an admanced degree in mathematics, be prepared to go all the way to a PhD. An MS in mathematics is not a degree in high demand -- it is typically a consolation prize for someone who washes out of a PhD program.

    2. Even with a PhD the entry-level job market can be thin. I think you will find the majority of jobs are in academia, the government (cryptography) and finance.

    3. There are lots of careers that involve differential equations and "advanced engineering mathematics", but essentially none that involve only that. If that is the sort of thing that interests you, then you should probably pursue an engineering degree. You may, however, find those jobs similar to what you are doing now.

    4. Pursue something that interests you. Wit a BS in mathematics you can study lots of different things n graduate school.


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