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Mathematics is abstract representation of numbers and functions used to identify theorems formulas, and proofs that represent numeric theory or real world applications.Individuals in this field work to prove or disprove ideas, utilizing machines and models in order to properly and accurately do their work.
Education and Schools
Mathematics allows individuals to pursue degrees at all levels, though one of the most common for individuals actually interested in a career in math is a master’s degree. Individuals in this field will first learn the various different mathematical forms, as well their associated formulae, in order to be able to apply that knowledge at more theoretical levels in the future. Modern mathematicians also utilize computer programs and models to perform high level calculations that may otherwise take too long or be impossible.
A curriculum may include:
- Theoretical Mathematics
Mathematics as a degree may be pursued at most any school, though some schools excel at providing students with opportunities to explore math as a field, and others having ties to private sector businesses that may have use for talented individuals within the field. As a result, individuals searching for an ideal school should consider what opportunities external to the core education are offered when narrowing their list of schools.
Opportunities are limited for mathematicians in general. Most work as professors and do research through their respective institutions. Though positions are generally available for trained individuals in the field of computers or in think tanks that require extensive modeling and statistics. Job growth will be limited, with most new positions being created by the retiring of older professionals. As computer integration continues to take hold in the field, there will be increased opportunities in fields that require both an understanding of computers and mathematics, such as data analyses, statistical research and others for agencies that gather such information.