We can never escape math. We use it in our everyday lives, whether we realize it or not. Apart from its obvious utility—like quickly crunching numbers at a bar—math also allows us to think critically and innovatively, make better decisions and communicate with ease. And job opportunities with a math degree? Endless.
For these reasons and more, having a Bachelor in Applied Mathematics is the wisest choice you could make in a post-pandemic world.
Thinking critically and creatively
The classic argument that some people are strictly “left-brain” and others are “right-brain” is outdated. There’s tons of overlap between geometry and painting, physics and philosophy, math and music… So if you’re talented at one of these, chances are, you have a knack for the other.
What’s more, honing a skill in the sciences can actually boost a skill in the arts, and vice versa. Being trained in math will allow you to recognize patterns and proportions, like when you play an instrument. It’s said that “music is the joy that people feel when they’re counting but they don’t know it.” Being able to see the world through this logical, pattern-driven lens leads you to think more critically: about arguments, data, technology, money, the weather… The list goes on.
Math shapes the way you see the world, and there’s no denying it.
Better decision making and communication skills
You might be thinking: fine, math influences how my mind works, but will that make a tangible difference in my life? The answer is, of course, yes! A mathematically inclined mind makes better decisions. From choosing the best deal for a Wi-Fi contract, to coming up with a savings plan or even learning a new language, having a sharp sense for calculations and patterns will come in handy in just about every area of your life.
This mental clarity doesn’t just help you understand complex situations, it also helps you explain them. Logical thinking aids in communication, no matter the topic. So while you don’t think of, for example, journalists as being mathematicians, imagine how difficult it would be to structure an article without a sense of logic. Constructing a story according to priority of information or order of events includes a high level of logical planning.
Skills like decision making and communication are key across functions and industries—and are only strengthened by math.
A future-proof skill set
Maybe by now you’re sold on math’s benefits in your daily life. Or maybe you’ve loved math for years. Either way, the question on everyone’s mind is: can I actually make a living with a math degree?
If that weren’t the case, we wouldn’t offer the program! Companies increasingly need employees with backgrounds in applied mathematics, for positions as varied as high-frequency trader, sustainability manager, automation expert, financial analyst, or even epidemiologist—an extremely relevant position right now. In 2019, 95% of our Applied Mathematics graduates found a job within three months of graduation. And math is where the big bucks are: according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, in 2019, the average mathematician earned $92,030 per year, and the job market for mathematicians is expected to grow by 30 percent by 2028.
So, are you ready to take the plunge towards one of the hottest careers of 2021? Learn more about the Bachelor in Applied Mathematics at IE University on the official web page.