# Mathematics Major

Mathematics is a major that typically falls into the Mathematics & Statistics category.

There are 283 programs available throughout the country that offer an associate’s degree in math, 1,265 that offer a bachelor’s degree, and 334 that offer a master’s degree. There are also at least 163 schools in the nation where you can get your doctorate degree in the field.

## Who Is Getting a Math Degree?

In 2017, roughly 21,100 mathematics majors graduated with a bachelor’s degree. This makes it #26 in popularity of all the majors we track. This major tends to be male dominated. About 58.1% of recent graduates are men.

### Racial Distribution

At the countrywide level, the racial distribution of math majors is as follows:

- Asian: 9.6%
- Black or African American: 4.3%
- Hispanic or Latino: 9.9%
- White: 54.3%
- Non-Resident Alien: 15.6%
- Other Races: 6.3%

Americans aren’t the only ones with an interest in math. About 15.6% of those graduating in 2017 were international students. The most popular countries sending math majors to the U.S. are China, South Korea and India.

## What Will You Learn as a Mathematics Major?

An O*NET survey asked people with careers related to math to rate how important certain subject areas were to their job. The following are some of the results of that survey. Importance was rated on a scale of 1 to 5 with 5 being most important.

### Knowledge Areas for Math Majors

This major prepares you for careers in which these knowledge areas are important:

### Skills for Math Majors

A major in math prepares you for careers in which the following skill-sets are crucial:

### Abilities for Math Majors

A major in math will prepare for your careers in which the following abilities are important:

## What Can You Do With a Math Major?

Below is a list of occupations associated with math:

Job Title | Job Growth Rate | Median Salary |
---|---|---|

Mathematicians |
29% |
$101,900 |

Mathematical Science Occupations |
9.1% |
$0 |

Mathematical Science Professors |
9.4% |
$73,230 |

Natural Sciences Managers |
9.9% |
$123,860 |

Statisticians |
33.9% |
$87,780 |

Secondary School Teachers, Except Special and Career/Technical Education |
7.5% |
$60,320 |

## Mathematics Major Salary

Math majors often go into careers where salaries can range from $87,000 to $105,000. This range includes all degree levels, so the salary for a person with just a bachelor’s degree may be a little less and the one for a person with an advanced degree may be a little more.

To put that into context, the typical high school graduate makes between $29,000 and $57,000 a year. The average person with a bachelor’s degree (any field) makes between $44,000 and $99,000. Advanced degree holders make the most with salaries between $55,000 and $120,000.

Your salary will be largely dependent on the career path you follow and what area of the country (or world) you work. Getting a graduate degree may open up more options with higher salary potential.

## Amount of Education Required for Mathematics Major Jobs

Some careers associated with math may require an advanced degree, while others may not even require a bachelor’s in the field. Whatever the case may be, pursuing more education usually means that more career options will be available to you.

How much education do you really need to compete in today’s job market? People currently working in careers related to math have obtained the following education levels.

Level of Education | Percentage of Workers |
---|---|

Less Than a High School Diploma |
0% |

High School Diploma or Equivalent |
0% |

Post-Secondary Certificate |
0% |

Some College Courses |
0% |

Associate's Degree or Equivalent |
0% |

Bachelor's Degree |
28.7% |

Post-Baccalaureate Certificate |
5.3% |

Master's Degree |
35.9% |

Post-Master's Certificate |
1.1% |

First Professional Degree |
1.3% |

Doctoral Degree |
23.9% |

Post-Doctoral Training |
4.1% |

## Online Mathematics Programs

There are 1,265 colleges that offer a bachelor’s degree in mathematics, with 20 of them offering at least some courses online.

Online learners must listen or watch video lectures, participate in group chats or forums, submit papers and assignments electronically, take tests, and meet deadlines.

Getting your degree online is not easy and includes watching and listening to hours of lectures, participating in group charts, submitting papers by the appropriate deadline and taking tests. Some online programs will also feature internships or in-person clinical hours.

## Is a Mathematics Major Worth It?

The median salary for a math grad is $93,000 per year. This is based on the weighted average of the most common careers associated with the major.

This is 138% more than the average salary for an individual holding a high school degree. This adds up to a gain of about $1,074,000 after 20 years!

### Related Majors

### References

Bureau of Labor Statistics

National Center for Education Statistics

O*NET Online

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