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Mathematics is one of the oldest and
most fundamental sciences. Mathematicians use theory, computational
techniques, algorithms, and the latest computer technology to solve
economic, scientific, engineering, financial, and business problems.
Mathematical skills are in great
demand in today's workforce. The government, private industry,
engineering, and health and environmental fields, and the academic
world all require sophisticated mathematical skills to help solve
If you do decide to pursue Mathematics
as a major, you will gain an educational background that many
employers seek in job applicants. Your research skills, critical
problem-solving ability, and general analysis skills
will be sharpened through your mathematics and computer
science courses, and also through various elective
courses. Moreover, skills and competencies you acquire
during your time at NMU will be well-utilized when you
enter the job market or continue your education in
graduate school. Communication skills are absolutely
necessary in any career field today, so be sure to
cultivate strong speaking and writing skills. Employers
need people who are able to communicate effectively with
You should begin the resume-building
process as soon as you can. The Academic and Career
Advisement Center can assist you with career planning,
while Career Services will help you fine tune your
resume and look for jobs related to your field. In the
meantime, the more hands-on experience you have, the
better the chances are that you will find a job.
Becoming involved in a professional related internship
is a way to develop your professional skills and gain
experience. Your academic course work is important as
well, so be sure to maintain a high grade point average
A bachelor's degree in mathematics is
the minimum education needed for prospective
mathematicians. In the federal government, entry-level
job candidates usually must have a four-year degree with
a major in mathematics.
A minor or second major in business or economics may be
helpful for some of these fields of interest.
For hundreds of different types of jobs in areas
such as computer
Occupational Outlook Handbook tells you the training
and education needs, earnings, expected job prospects, what
workers do on the job, and working conditions.
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