6 Stats To Kickoff Your Quantitative Career Job Search on Pi Day

The Mathematical Association of America (MAA) is proud to support mathematicians, students, and enthusiasts who are interested in careers that use math. Mathematics coursework prepares graduates to become creative analytical thinkers who put their quantitative skills to use. 

These quantitative skills are now basic requirements for most jobs in the future, especially for STEM careers that use math. As noted by the White House, creative, analytical thinkers with robust mathematical capabilities will be sought to fill the forecasted 1 million STEM graduates needed by 2022. 

  1. 70% of employers want new hires to have problem-solving skills. 63% seek analytical and quantitative skills. 
  2. Graduate applications for mathematics and computer science programs increased 18.1% from 2010-2015, the highest growth of any field.
  3. 26,756 people in the U.S. graduated with a mathematics degree in 2012. 
  4. 41% of math graduates in 2012 were female. 46% of STEM graduates were female. 
  5. Mathematics is the 12th highest paying college major in the first 5 years after graduation. STEM majors took the top 14 spots on this list. 
  6. There are approximately 2.5 entry level job postings for each new bachelor's degree recipient in a STEM field. Compare to 1.1 job postings for each new four-year graduate in a non-STEM field.

Sources for mathematics and STEM statistics.

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