The World Is Getting More Mathematical

"In the past, one could get by on intuition and experience. Times have changed. Today, the name of the game is data." — Steven D. Levitt, co-author of Freakonomics

More and more, math is an essential tool to survive in today’s world.  Math is a powerful tool for understanding the world, and almost everyone—from advertising agencies to doctors, from retailers to builders—everyone who doesn’t want to be left behind is using math to do their job better and to get ahead in the world.

“The world is moving into a new age of numbers. …Just look at where the mathematicians are now. They're helping to map out advertising campaigns, they're changing the nature of research in newsrooms and in biology labs, and they're enabling marketers to forge new one-on-one relationships with customers. As this occurs, more of the economy falls into the realm of numbers.”  Business Week, Math will Rock Your World, January 23, 2006

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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.


 

Physician
$187,199/yr
Cryptanalyst
$137,780/yr
Actuary
$160,000/yr
$126,000/yr
Attorney
$187,199/yr
$105,581/yr
$102,280/yr
Geographer
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$105,610/yr
$82,000/yr

Figures represent salary potential.

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