Mathematics is the study of quantity, change and logic as it is applied to the solution of both concrete and theoretical problems. Mathematicians work in a broad range of occupational sectors. Find out if studies in math are right for you.

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Mathematics is a much broader field than merely arithmetic. In its theoretical form, mathematics is the study of patterns, logic and quantity. In its applied form, math is used to develop new financial instruments, understand statistical patterns and make predictions, keep track of complex financial structures of modern corporations and develop new computer hardware. According to The College Board, applied and theoretical mathematics have a substantial overlap in actual practice, but somewhat different career paths are available depending upon one's intended focus (www.collegeboard.com)

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Students who want to study math and find employment at a college, university or private research corporation as a theoretician or postsecondary educator may consider securing the most advanced degrees in the field possible. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), a Ph.D. is all but essential to secure employment in the private sector, although a master's degree is occasionally acceptable (www.bls.gov). For those wishing to teach as secondary school mathematics teachers, a bachelor's degree plus a teaching license is appropriate, and license requirements vary by state.

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