# Thinking About Majoring in Math? Keep These Tips in Mind

If you know mathematics, you could do anything that you want. The better you are in mathematics, the further you can go with it. It’s satisfying to understand something that nobody has understood before finally. There’s always going to be a need for people with mathematics. It’s very fundamental. Mathematics underlies a lot of what we do in the world and what we understand about the world around us.

Mathematics is a type of language, just like being good at English and grammar. In many cases, I think that math is ugly, but actually, it is enjoyable, functional, and beyond that, it is just fantastic. We can make a lot of difference in this world if we study mathematics. It gives us the basis to do all kinds of new things to make all kinds of discoveries and make an impact in the lives of our family, friends, and the other people we have always wanted to help.

If you have studied mathematics for eight years, your whole life is going to change. The critical thing in eight years is what doors are open for your career. When you’re done with your degree, you get your pick of jobs. Many companies want math majors, and you can choose where you want to go who you want to work for.

`Mathematics is the foundation of all of the different sciences, and knowing that allows us to choose what we want to do because the door will always be open. These are the some of the job opportunities you can choose: `*Economist, foreign exchange trader, cryptanalyst, video game developer, risk analyst, quantitative analyst statistician, database administrator, policy analyst, actuary, operations research analyst, epidemiologist, investment banker, pension fund manager, petroleum analyst, market research analyst, physicist, policy analyst, attorney, computer scientist, computational biologist, biophysicist, systems analyst, etc.*

You can become a programmer, build bridges, or make new drugs. One of my mathematician friends takes data that shows drug concentrations in patients and tumor volumes. Then he takes that data and tries to figure out the model that fits the data to use that model to optimize the drug disease.

Another friend of mine has worked in many different areas, such as homeland security, stockpile stewardship, cybersecurity, and algorithmic research. She currently works at Google on Google Analytics. Google is all about large-scale data and processing. It’s tough to take a complex problem and think about solving it or even simplifying it unless you have that background and mathematics training.

A recent study of the 15 most lucrative careers for college grads showed that all 15 of them had one thing in common: mathematics. If you want to choose any of those jobs, you have to understand mathematics. To make a difference in the world somehow, it feels like the more you know, the better. And especially the more mathematics you know, you think better.

So if you do like mathematics, you’re in luck because there will be more and more demand in the future. It doesn’t matter what your interests are. You get the major in mathematics, then enter the job that you want to have in the future, no matter what it is. Even if you are going to major in piano but try to double major in mathematics. Why? Because mathematics teaches us how to think. It opens a lot of doors.

So if you do like mathematics, you’re in luck because there will be more and more demand in the future. It doesn’t matter what your interests are. The thing is you get the major in mathematics, then enter the job that you want to have in the future no matter what it is. Even if you are going to major in piano but try to double major in mathematics. Why? Because mathematics teaches us how to think. It opens a lot of doors.

Yes, mathematics is challenging. I do not think there’s any mathematician out there that does not find math hard. At some point, mathematics will be a difficult challenge for everyone. But the thing is, math is also exciting. And so it compels us to get over the hardness and try to figure out new things. It would be best if you never shied away from complex challenges. I think that mathematics is one of those things that you can grind it out. It’s worth doing. It’s something that I’ve never heard anyone say, “I wish I did not take so much math.” Do not be shy! Thinking mathematics is only for people who are super smart bothers people. Mathematics is accessible to everybody.

So if you are frustrated, hang in there, one day, you might end up loving what you’re doing, and it’s all thanks to mathematics. Mathematics makes us feel good when we do it. There’s a particular part of our brain that gets happy when we do the math. Some people like to solve Sudoku, and some people want to do crossword puzzles; mathematics is just more of that but better.

People that are good at mathematics get a job where they have to think like a mathematician. They use their critical thinking. Those jobs are where they get to interact with people and make a difference in the world. One of those jobs where instead of punching in and punching out and saying my eight hours is over today, it’s something that they look forward to going to work in the morning. They get excited on the way, and they cannot wait to tackle today’s problem. That’s the kind of job they want to go to. They are paid better than the ones that are harder to go to.

Who would not want to be paid well and have something I enjoyed doing? Do not forget:

**Math = Purposes = Opportunity = Success = You.**