What Major and Career Should I Look At If I Enjoy Math?
May 4, 2014 5:18 PM Subscribe
In studying for my Behavioral Statistics final (it’s a statistics class dealing with psychology research methods) I’ve realized something. I actually kind of enjoy math. As long as I don’t have to memorize formulas (as long as they are right there as I’m going through the work) it’s actually kind of comforting and fun. In fact, every math class I’ve taken in college (I’ve taken two remedial algebras, college algebra, and regular statistics before this class) I’ve enjoyed and made an A in.
I’m really struggling about what I want to major in (I’m in psychology but I don’t have it in the gas tank to get a PhD), but I know that a lot of people don’t like math. They don’t get it. I do, so I’ve got something there, right?
The only problem is, I don’t know what to do with it. These are the parameters… maybe you can think of something that fits?
posted by ggp88 to Education (16 answers total) 8 users marked this as a favorite
-I’ve been in college since 2007 floundering around in terms of what I want as a major. At the VERY MOST, I am willing to get a masters, but I’d rather just get a bachelors.
-I want to make around 60-70k a year at the least.
-I like people, and the idea of working in teams, but sometimes I suffer from social anxiety. I don’t want some high-pressure sales job.
-I like math because of its formulaic, step-by-step, one-thing-leads-to-another nature. It’s predictability in a world of chaos. I’m not a big fan of unpredictability and that’s why it’s comforting.
-I like discovering new things, but I’m not a trailblazer… I work as a follower, a team member.
-I’d rather not be behind a cubicle working on mundane paperwork. I want to do something that has meaning and excites me.
-I want to have time for my other hobbies such as family, friends, and being outside.
-It would be very nice if the job were in demand and not some extremely highly competitive field. I value security very very much, and the idea of graduating college and being lost again is terrifying.
-I know that every job can be stressful and unfun at times, but I’d prefer this job to be on the low-stress end of the spectrum. I don’t deal very well with stress.
I may be just being too picky here, and perhaps such a job that fits all of those requirements does not exist. But maybe there are careers out there that fit pretty well, if not perfectly.
The most important aspects are the salary, not getting the PhD, and a non dog-eat-dog gladiator ring of a competitive field. And I’d rather it be fun and engaging, not boring and soul-draining.
Does anyone have any ideas?