A Math Degree Really Adds Up

We spend our early years dreading math, math quizzes, and math tests. Although math might not sound like a very exciting thing to major in when you first go to college, students who earn their mathematics degree are finding that the top jobs out of school are math based.

Math majors don't always get much respect on college campuses, but fat post-grad wallets should be enough to give them a boost.

The top 15 highest-earning college degrees all have one thing in common -- math skills. That's according to a recent survey from the National Association of Colleges and Employers, which tracks college graduates' job offers.

"Math is at the crux of who gets paid," said Ed Koc, director of research at NACE. "If you have those skills, you are an extremely valuable asset. We don't generate enough people like that in this country."

This year Rochester Institute of Technology hosted recruiters from defense-industry firms like Lockheed Martin (LMT, Fortune 500) and Northrop Grumman (NOC, Fortune 500), as well as other big companies like Microsoft (MSFT, Fortune 500) and Johnson & Johnson (JNJ, Fortune 500).

"The tech fields are what's driving salaries and offers, and the top students are faring quite well," said Emanuel Contomanolis, who runs RIT's career center.

Earning a mathematics degree online will help you learn the more advanced areas of math which will qualify you fro positions in areas such as science and engineering. Most math majors do not become mathematicians, but they use their math skill for other careers. Most engineers and other scientists have been through either a degree or an advanced training program in mathematics.


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