Being a math major is often a challenging experience for many college students. Once graduation comes around, however, that hard-earned math major can be a highly prized possession. So what exactly can you do with a math major?
14 Things to Do with a Math Major
1. Teach math. If you love math, your passion can be put to good use inspiring a love of math in others. See what teaching options -- both in person and online -- are available in your area.
2. Tutor math. If full-time teaching isn't your thing but you want to help others, consider tutoring. You can still work with kids and share your love for the field without some of the other responsibilities full-time teachers have.
3. Work for a business-focused company. Lots of folks put on suits every day for a reason. Consider working for a business-focused company and putting your math skills to use.
4. Work at a nonprofit on the business end. That awesome non-profit down the street that you love still needs folks who are good at math to help keep the business side of things in order. Put your math skills to use while helping others do good.
5. Work at a nonprofit that helps instill a love of math. There are some fantastic nonprofits out there that help get kids (and others) excited about things like math and science. Join the staff and make a difference!
6. Work at an accounting firm. Accounting firms are a great place to learn a lot about a lot of different fields -- while also allowing you to put your math skills to good use.
7. Work for the government. Uncle Sam is usually hiring. Check out what kinds of jobs require math degrees and help your country while also helping your career.
8. Tutor math for a test-prep. organization. Math may come easy for you, but it doesn't for a lot of folks. Consider tutoring math for a test-prep. organization. You can work with high school, college, or even graduate students.
9. Work at a nonprofit that helps people get their finances in order. True, helping someone learn how to make a budget, pay off debt, and get their finances in better health doesn't require linear calculus skills. But it does require good math skills, patience, and a comfort level with numbers -- all of which you can model for your clients as they learn to improve their financial lives.
10. Work for a bank. Banks can be a neat place to work because there is often so much going on behind the scenes. From international banking companies to local credit unions, check out what banks near you are hiring.
11. Work for a financial planning firm. If you're interested in helping people plan for the future, in accounting, and in the markets, a financial planning firm might be a great fit for you -- and your skills.
12. Work for an investment firm. You don't necessarily need a business major to work at an investment firm. If you're interested in the markets, investing, planning for the future, and many of the other cool things financial planning firms do, these kinds of jobs might be worth a look.
13. Go into fundraising. If you've got great people skills, great math skills, and a desire to help others, fundraising could easily be a perfect gig. Find a cause you're interested in and see what you can do to help out.
14. Work as an actuary. With so much change going on in the insurance market, actuaries -- those folks who calculate rates for insurance coverage and who calculate risk -- are an interesting job at an interesting time.