# 5 Reasons Why Math Matters

Math is important. It *really* is.

Despite how you felt about algebra class or geometry class or even basic addition and subtraction, math is a life skill that applies to everyone, not just accountants and engineers. It is the language of many fields, some of which may surprise you. But math matters, in more ways than one. And while numbers and equations are a necessary evil to some and pure enjoyment to others, we need math to live.

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# Put Your Degree to Work: 20 Exciting Careers for Math Majors

Mathematics majors have several things to look forward to upon graduation. A 2009 study showed that the top three best jobs in terms of income and other factors were careers suited for math majors. Mathematicians can opt to work indoors (actuaries) or outdoors (hydrologists). They also can work toward interdisciplinary studies to combine math with studies such as biology for careers as forensic scientists or environmental scientists. Many of the jobs in this list require at least a bachelor’s degree in mathematics, but some careers demand a graduate or doctoral degree. It’s your choice — even jobs that require a minimum of a bachelor’s degree make solid annual salaries. (more…)