Arts & Sciences Transfer - Mathematics Option
The mission of the Arts and Sciences- Math Transfer Program is to help students transfer to a college or university that offers a baccalaureate degree with a major in mathematics. This transfer program ensures that all transfer requirements are up to date with other higher education institutions. The program provides the students with a strong foundation in the following:
- mathematics, including a rigorous introduction to abstract mathematics
- analytic and computer based solving skills
- quantitative reasoning and real world applications of these reasoning processes
Job DescriptionMathematicians use advanced mathematics to develop and understand mathematical principles, analyze data, and solve real-world problems. Students in mathematics can pursue a wide range of occupations. Mathematics graduates can opt for careers as mathematicians, statisticians, and actuaries, to name only a few.
Career Options and Occupation Outlook
Employment of mathematicians is projected to grow 23 percent from 2012 to 2022, much faster than the average for all occupations. The amount of digitally stored data will increase over the next decade as more people and companies conduct business online and use social media, smartphones, and other mobile devices. As a result, businesses will increasingly need mathematicians to analyze the large amount of information and data collected. Analysts will help companies improve their business processes, design and develop new products, and even advertise products to potential customers.
Mathematicians will also be needed to help information security analysts create data-security systems to protect the confidentiality and personal information of individuals.
Mathematicians work in a wide variety of fields, both pure and applied. In the computer systems design and related services industries, they may be known as computer programmers or systems analysts. In finance, they may be known as quantitative analysts, financial analysts, or statisticians. Computer and information research scientists, physicists and astronomers, economists, actuaries, operations research analysts, and many other occupations also use mathematics extensively.
Skills NeededMathematicians are needed for their ability to:
- Expand knowledge in mathematical areas, such as algebra or geometry, by developing new rules, theories, and concepts
- Use mathematical formulas and models to prove or disprove theories
- Apply mathematical theories and techniques to solve practical problems in business, engineering, the sciences, or other fields
- Develop mathematical or statistical models to analyze data
- Interpret data and report conclusions from their analyses
- Use data analysis to support and improve business decisions
- Read professional journals, talk with other mathematicians, and attend professional conferences to maintain knowledge of current trends
Information taken from the online Occupational Outlook Handbook of the Bureau of Labor Statistics, at http://www.bls.gov/ooh/math/mathematicians.htm.