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  1. #1 What can a mathematician get paid to do? 
    Forum Bachelors Degree Demen Tolden's Avatar
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    In the next couple months I am going to try to figure out what I want to go to school for. There are so many things I want to learn. I would learn all of these things in school or out of school - it doesn't much matter to me, however I think I'd like to get real life experience in what I learn, and get jobs using it. So I think... engineering? That subject has a very large amount of stuff I could learn that I am interested in. Economics? There is definitely money where there is money! Or.. what? What about just sticking with math? What kind of future does someone have that focuses on math?


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    i hear software programing requires mathematicians somewhere along the line


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    You can do quite a lot with math. It doesn't set you up for a career so much as it opens a lot of doors for you. People with good quantitative skills are in demand by industry (e.g., finance, insurance) and the government (e.g., security). Math is also a good background for many grad programs--for example, law schools like math majors because of their skills in logic and proof. And, of course, there are the old standbys of teaching and research. In particular, research is not limited to universities--the government and many companies have their own math research groups, although if you want to share your research with the world, academia is probably the way to go.

    Personally, I'm on the academic route.
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    So I think... engineering? That subject has a very large amount of stuff I could learn that I am interested in.
    Engineering has many branches, all of which use mathematics as a tool, but it’s often embedded in software programs and is done invisibly. You only see the GUI.

    One area of intensive development that bridges maths and engineering is computational fluid dynamics (CFD).
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    Although I love learning, from what I've heard acadamia doesn't have enough money in it for me I think. I think I need an earnings ceiling over $100k/yr.

    Wow, CFD sounds very interesting from what I read on wiki. Part of my brain belongs to the computer animator in me so when I see interactive 3 dimensional shapes I get excited. Put that together with some math, science, and the mysterious yet-unknown-but-possibly-knowable and I crave to learn more.
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