Careers in Mathematics

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The study of mathematics is not only exciting, but also important. Math affects everything we do in our lives. Mathematicians have an opportunity to make a lasting contribution to society by helping to solve problems in many different fields. Math courses are required for anyone who wants to work in medicine, psychology, nursing, engineering, economics, biology, finance, government, physics management and social science. A bachelor's degree in mathematics will prepare you for many different jobs.

I wrote this booklet to explain some areas of mathematics in which there are many opportunities. This booklet will give you a description of four different careers, educational requirements, average starting salary, major employers and major associations for each career. The four careers I will focus on are a Pharmacist, Statistician, Certified Public Accountant (CPA) and a Systems Analyst.

Pharmacist: Pharmacists dispense drugs prescribed by physicians and other health practitioners and educate patients about medications and their use.

They advise physicians and other health practitioners on the selection, dosages, interactions, and side effects of medications. They must understand the laws that regulate their manufacture and sale. They order and store medicines, keeping them safe and effective. They are required by law to maintain records of the drugs they handle.

Education: Pharmacists must have at least six years of education beyond high school. They must earn a Doctor of Pharmacy degree, which is a 4-year program that requires at least 2 years of college study prior to admittance. A license to practice pharmacy is required in all States.

Internship: Participate in an internship under the direction of a licensed pharmacist to become qualified to practice pharmacy.

Major Associations a Pharmacist may belong to: American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy (, National Association of Boards of Pharmacy (, American Pharmaceutical Association ( National Community Pharmacists Association (