What can I do with a Master's in math?
August 9, 2009 11:59 PM Subscribe
I have been attending graduate school in mathematics for the last 3 years, in hopes of getting a Ph.D. It hasn't exactly worked out - I'm taking my Master's and getting out of here. What can I do now?
posted by Earl the Polliwog to Work & Money (13 answers total) 6 users marked this as a favorite
The main reason the program hasn't worked for me is that no one here studies what I want to do - computability, information theory, computer sciencey math. I only figured out my real interest after I sent out apps, and it has come back to bite me. I was trying to tough it out but the mean time-to-Ph.D here is 7 years and I realized I would be miserable if I forced myself spend that much time slaving over something that I didn't genuinely find exciting.
I might want to go back and get the Ph.D if I can find the right school. But that's not on the table for at least one year. I need the break, and my undergrad girlfriend has a couple years left here too.
So, what jobs are looking for people with a Master's in math? I have already applied for a lecturing position at the local community college. I have also been looking through the job pages of the AMS and a couple other big math sites, and the standard job sites like Monster. I just want to know if I am missing something.