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You're gonna calculate. (And you're gonna like it, too.)

Maybe for you, your senior year of high school was also going to be the last year of math classes. Ever. After that, it’s free sailing; no calculation required.

But it’s not quite so simple.

Interestingly, even after the bell rings and the teacher dismisses math class, your body is constantly making mathematical calculations and judgments with every moment of every day—years after math classes end. Actually, for life.

Sure, it can do a lot of things. But theater?

Accountant, teacher, scientist. Playwright?

Believe it or not, math has also crept its way onto the stage.

When a play producer in the Boston area asked teachers to submit ideas for a play that could be performed in high schools, she wasn’t sure math would lend itself to theater. But when she read a script with a math storyline, she quickly changed her mind.

Read the story from The Boston Globe.

The Math in YOU

Ever wonder about your sleep patterns?

“How does my body choose when to shut off?”

Mathematicians have uncovered a deeper understanding of the human biological clock by studying the brain. And their findings have reversed previous thinking about body function.

Missed our career list? Here’s another look.

BYU’s Math Department has good reason to draw attention to its study. The public is becoming increasingly aware of just how many doors a math degree can open.

You might have your own reasons for not having visited the ‘careers’ section of this site yet: It’s too long, it lists too many options, or maybe, “A good job really isn’t my thing.”

One Amazing Recovery. Math the Culprit?

Anyone in the field is already aware of the important role math plays in the sciences, national security, economics and even the creative arts — areas in which mathematical modeling can help to produce a desired outcome affecting a range of people.

Perhaps few, however, suspect the power it can have on the individual human mind.

Vicki Alex has made that discovery firsthand, though.

10 jobs for math whizzes

CareerBuilder listed the following as the top ten math jobs:

1. Actuary
2. Cost estimator
3. Economist
4. Electrical engineer
5. Physicist
6. Market researcher
7. Mathematician
8. Statistician
9. Surveyor
10. Mathematical science teacher, post-secondary

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New Career Added: Psychometrician

When Will I Use Math continuously frequently adds new careers to the site. The most recent is Psychometrician that makes up to $200,000 a year.

Psychometrics refers to the measurement of an individual's psychological attributes, including the knowledge, skills, and abilities a professional might need to work in a particular job or profession. Also, psychometricians write exams such as the MCAT, LSAT, GMAT, SAT, ACT, and Advance Placement test.

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FEAR

One of our users, shaider, has posted on how math is used to model fear. Check out his post here.

Launch!

I talk to a lot of people who think that math is just a string of formulas, equations, and rules that someone just made up.   They think that if you want to be good at math, you should memorize all the formulas and follow all the rules, just the way the teacher tells you, and then you get an “A.”   Boring!  No wonder so many people ask, “When will I ever use this math?”

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The most common question students ask math teachers at every level is “When will I use math?” WeUseMath.org is a non-profit website that helps to answer this question. This website describes the importance of mathematics and many rewarding career opportunities available to students who study mathematics.


 

Attorney
$187,199/yr
Cryptanalyst
$137,780/yr
Physician
$187,199/yr
$126,000/yr
Actuary
$160,000/yr
$155,490/yr
$128,330/yr
$111,440/yr
$95,620/yr
Urban Planner
$98,060/yr

Figures represent salary potential.

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Dr. Cary Oberije, a postdoctoral researcher in The Netherlands, has found that mathematical models can be used to accurately predict patients' responses to treatment. Prediction models were used to analyze lung cancer patients' likelihood of survival and...

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