Why study Maths? Because it is exciting and is a lot of fun! But if this reason is not persuasive enough, there are other reasons why studying mathematics at university is a very good choice for you.
Maths can win you a good career and earns you money
What can I do with a maths degree? I don’t want to be a teacher! A lot of people think that the career path for maths graduate is very narrow and studying maths would probably end up teaching at high school or primary school. However, being a teacher is just one of the choices of maths graduates out of a thousand! In the course of studying maths, you will develop a set of superb analytical and quantitative skills that is highly desirable. These skills can open the door to a wide range of high paid jobs, such as actuary, financial analyst and risk analyst. From the graduate survey of the University of Queensland, the median salary of a fresh maths graduate ($48300 per annum) is higher than that of graduates in popular subjects like pharmacy ($34000), psychology ($43500), accounting ($44000), law ($47000) and architecture ($39000). To many people’s surprise, the financial reward for a maths graduate is well above the average! Furthermore, a career with maths is satisfying and rewarding. A recent study from CareerCast.com ranks the best and worst jobs in America according to five criteria: environment, income, employment outlook, physical demands and stress. A list is compiled based on data from the U.S. Bureau of Labour Statistics and Census Bureau. Mathematician is put at the top spot, actuary the second, statistician the third!
Maths is everywhere
Engineers use maths to build the spaceship that sent Armstrong to the moon, build roaster coasters that make everyone scream and build bridges and tunnels that carry thousands of vehicles a day; doctors and medical researchers use maths to evaluate the efficacy of different treatments of cancers and identify the risk factors for heart disease; insurance company use maths to formulate their insurance policies; bankers use maths to maximize their return on investment… Maths is everywhere! A sound knowledge in maths is important in most areas of science, economics, medicine and engineering and is the cornerstone for decision making and various quantitative activities in business.
It’s time for you to re-consider maths as your field of study in university!