3 popular professions that require an aptitude in math,
After graduating from college, there’s one big truth that most young professionals have to face: it’s tough getting a job in this economy, no matter where or what you studied. Every unemployed professional is looking for that one unique angle or skill-set that will get them hired above countless other applicants gunning for the same spot. It can be a particularly difficult time, especially for college graduates without much prior job experience.
But not all degree programs are created equal, at least in terms of the jobs that they can get you. Forbes magazine recently ran an article that discussed some of the more valuable college degrees, and the results might surprise you. As they reported, many college graduates with degrees in some type of math-related discipline go on to secure high paying jobs. There’s no denying that math majors are in high demand in the current job market, and that’s all the more incentive for current college students to consider the subject.
Let’s take a look at 3 jobs that require strong math skills, any of which you can study at a college or university.
Computer programmer/software engineers
There are new tech innovations happening every day. The advent of mobile devices like the smartphone and the tablet has put tech and web technologies on the highest of priorities for many businesses. There’s a huge demand out there from consumers who want the best gadgets out there, no matter what the price may be. To keep pace with the inexhaustible demand, tech firms and software companies around the US are hiring computer programmers in droves for assistance in writing code and developing new programs.
Moreover, companies need computer programmers to develop software meant to protect servers from potential viruses and hacking attempts. The web has become such a vast entity that no software firm wants to take any risks; they want to employ only the best and brightest programmers and software engineers to ensure the safety of their information.
The tech world needs computer programmers to write code for complex programs, websites, and applications, but they also need designers to put an attractive face to those things. The front end of web design—the finished product that you actually see when you purchase a product—is just as important as the code that makes it up. These are the graphic designers and web designers (or web architects) who make it their job to make the user interface of all tech products and web applications as user friendly as possible. To do the job, a web designer must have a mathematical background to match their knowledge of aesthetics and classic design. With the education and the right eye for design, this can be a lucrative profession.
Any type of engineer
Of course how could I mention math-centric professions without mentioning engineering? You might have noticed that in the Forbes article I mentioned earlier that engineering was among the most valuable degree choices. In fact, “one third of the most valuable majors” are engineering majors, according to Forbes.
Chemical engineers, mechanical engineers, and biomedical engineers are just some of the disciplines that are desperate for new hires, as there is a huge generational shift going on in the industry. As countless baby boomers start to retire, engineering firms from around the world will need to re-staff to keep up with the demand from current projects. If you have an aptitude towards math and an ambition to build something great, engineering might be the calling for you.
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