It has been said that, “mathematics opens many doors, but closes none.” In today’s climate, this has never been more true.

As new technology is developed at an alarming speed, the role of math is growing ever greater. Math is behind everything from AI, machine learning and finance to humanitarianism and business transformation. It represents an unlimited number of possibilities for professionals who are able to unleash its power.

There’s only one question left—are you one of them? It’s time to discover if math is for you.

You enjoy the challenge

You need to enjoy it. It’s as simple as that. Of course, the purpose of math is to find answers to problems. But those who are suited for math enjoy the ride as much as the destination. For the most complex problems, the answers can take huge amounts of time and effort. If you are solely focused on the solution, it’s likely that you will become frustrated.

That said, the solution should always be there as a goal, driving you to achieve something more. Even while enjoying the journey, you crave the satisfaction of solving a complex problem. This innate passion cannot be taught and it’s essential for anyone looking to take on this subject.


You love solving real-world problems

At IE University, the bachelor’s degree that we offer is in applied mathematics. What we look for are individuals who are not only passionate about the theoretical aspects of mathematics but want to leverage their power in real-world situations. The purpose of applied mathematics is to abstract reality, visualize it in unique ways and find answers to problems that have eluded so many others.

Working in this way requires the ability to spot patterns, work backwards, visualize problems, take a systematic approach and use logical reasoning. With such real, tangible applications, you end up developing skills that go beyond the realm of mathematics. You will become a problem solver in more human environments, able to balance critical-thinking, organization and decision-making skills with the reality of working with—and leading—others.

You need a creative outlet

Mathematics, and particularly applied mathematics, is a wonderfully creative subject. Math has a reputation of being purely logical, with rigid, unshakable rules. The truth is, these rules are the guidelines of creativity.

Behind every seemingly random act there is a whole host of exciting mathematical factors at play. One of the most startling examples of this is our weather. This natural system is routinely analyzed and predicted thanks to supercomputers. With our understanding of this system, we are able to optimize agriculture, avoid natural disasters, ensure safer travel—and aid in the fight against climate change.

Mathematics can be used in this way across almost every discipline. It is key to everything from controlling or preventing pandemics and launching humanitarian relief efforts to avoiding cybersecurity threats. The only limit is your imaginating in applying information to find solutions.


You want a fulfilling career

Finally, studying applied mathematics opens the door to a wonderfully diverse, fulfilling and successful career. As the world continues to use numbers to find creative solutions, your talents and skill-set will be in demand across the board.

There are the traditional positions in this field, which range from data analysts and economists, to accountants and engineers. But if you want to pursue a less common career, that’s entirely up to you.

For example, another knock-on effect of the global pandemic was a wave of companies transitioning to a more technology-forward approach or embracing digital transformation. According to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics 2020, “Overall employment of mathematicians and statisticians is projected to grow 33 percent from 2019 to 2029, much faster than the average for all occupations. Businesses will need these workers to analyze the increasing volume of digital and electronic data.”

In total, there are predicted to be over 45,000 jobs available to graduates holding degrees in mathematics. Finding the exact niche to occupy is entirely in your hands.

If you are considering a degree in applied mathematics, a whole world of opportunity is literally yours for the taking. That said, it is vital to understand that it is a challenging career path and you must be sure that it’s the one for you.

Ask yourself if you enjoy the challenge. Ask yourself if you’re driven to find solutions. Ask yourself if you want to fully realize your creative potential. If all this applies to you, then applied mathematics is the subject for you. Learn more about IE University’s Bachelor in Applied Mathematics today.