What exactly can you do with a Math major other than...

<p>... Actuary, mathematician, statistician or being a teacher?</p>

<p>1) I started out as an actuarial major, passed 2 actuarial exams, interned at an insurance company, didn't like the work and so I'm not interested in being an actuary.</p>

<p>2) Mathematician requires a Ph.D and I'm not willing to do an advanced degree</p>

<p>3) I hate statistics plus to be a statistician you need a Masters anyways</p>

<p>4) I already tutored Freshmen students and found that I'm not patient enough to be a teacher</p>

<p>So yeah, I'm graduating in May 2012, what exactly can I do with a B.Sc in Applied Math? I have a 3.3 GPA.</p>

<p>I think that question is more for you to answer. Applied Math is one of the most versatile degrees out there, especially if you have a background in computer programming of any kind. You didn't like / won't do the things you listed; why not try something else? Do you have any interest in engineering-type activities? Research? I know those are large umbrellas, but it's hard to narrow down your interests.</p>

<p>Bartender?</p>

<p>So, your options are vast. Investment banks like math majors since they think in concrete terms and are generally excellent at creating financial models as well as developing algorithms. Consulting firms like math majors for the same reasons; in addition, mathematics forces you to think critically and, often, to use logic that is not apparent to others in order to determine answers. Advertising has interesting positions for math majors; political advertising is an incredibly quantitative industry, as you must use massive amounts of information to determine where and when to target advertisements. Math majors can succeed in marketing for the same reasons they succeed at advertising: the ability to process large amounts of data is invaluable in the workforce.</p>

<p>You getting my drift yet? The applied mathematics major is, as allemanau said, one of the more versatile degrees you could possibly get. You know you're not interested in insurance; there are dozens of other industries out there.</p>

<p>Whatever you do, start figuring it out NOW. The top companies have already done their recruiting, and although there are plenty of jobs still available, you really want to try your best to get into the recruiting pipeline before the new year. Companies typically do fall recruiting for seniors and spring recruiting for interns, and you also have more leverage as an applicant since you're not desperate to find a job yet.</p>

<p>Best of luck!</p>

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<p>Thanks for your reply,</p>

<p>Yes I realize that it's up to me to answer, but I ALWAYS get bored with things after a little while! In High School I liked Physics and wanted to be an engineer. Then I hated Physics during my freshman year but I liked Math so I went into actuary. Now I hate math! I find programming to be worse than Math. </p>

<p>I haven't tried research yet but doesn't it require you to have a Masters degree? To be honest I'm not motivated anymore to study. One of the reasons why I'm not down to becoming an actuary is the brutal exam process that takes 8-10 years to finish.</p>

<p>Bartender? Well, it's not really a career though is it, I'd be working mostly on the weekends...</p>

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<p>Thanks a lot man, you have given me renewed hope. I thought my degree was going to waste but now I get your drift - my major has developed my critical thinking ability. I heard that Math majors score the highest on GRE tests and I had a look at the sample questions and to be honest they seem pretty easy to me. What I meant in my reply to allemanau's post is that I hate how my upper-level classes are geared towards proofs and abstract logic and it really does my head in. I prefer using the problem-solving skills that I've acquired from my applied math classes. </p>

<p>I'll certainly look into the fields that you mentioned. Thanks again and any other comments are welcome!</p>

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<p>Yes, and they all list Actuary, Statistician, Teacher, Mathematician and Computer programmer as the best and viable jobs with a Math degree.</p>