# Undergraduate: Getting Started

## Why Major in Mathematics?

### Top 10 reasons to major in math

- It is beautiful and fun.
- It is the language of the universe.
- It is instrumental for any other science.
- It is non-commercial, non-political, non-controversial.
- It is abstract yet useful.
- It increases your market value.
- It makes everything else looks easy.
- It will show you that no numbers may be omitted here.

### Skills you will learn (and employers will value)

- arguing logically and rigorously
- thinking abstractly
- formulating and solving problems
- analyzing data
- creating and analyzing mathematical models.

### Jobs for Math Majors

A bachelor’s degree in mathematics will prepare you for jobs in

- statistics
- actuarial sciences
- finance
- mathematical modeling
- cryptography
- bio technology
- mathematics education
- teaching.

To learn more about jobs for math majors, see the AMS Career Information page and the Bureau of Labor Statistics page in Occupational Outlook Handbook.

### Salaries

If you wish to take your undergraduate degree directly to the job market after graduation, extracted from the National Association of Colleges and Employers 2005 salary survey, provides a comparison of average starting salaries for students by undergraduate major.

MAJOR | SALARY DIFFERENTIAL |
---|---|

Mathematics |
+37.7% |

Economics | +33.5% |

Chemistry | +22.8% |

Foreign Languages | +5.1% |

Polital Sciences | +4.9% |

History | +0.9% |

Biology | +0.8% |

English | +0% |

Sociology | -0.3% |

Psychology | -4.4% |

### Grad school

Math major will prepare you well as for graduate school leading to a research career in

- engineering
- mathematics
- statistics.

A strong background in mathematics is also necessary for research in many areas of computer science and social science.

### Job Satisfaction

In addition to higher pay, a math major’s employment promises higher levels of job satisfaction. JobsRated.com ranks 200 jobs according to environment, income, outlook, physical demands, and stress.

JOB | SATISFACTION RANKING |
---|---|

Mathematician |
1 |

Actuary |
2 |

Statistician |
3 |

Biologist | 4 |

Software Engineer | 5 |

Economist | 11 |

Physicist | 13 |

Computer Programmer | 18 |

Aerospace Engineer | 33 |

Nuclear Engineer | 41 |

Chemist | 57 |

Electrical Engineer | 62 |

Federal Judge | 69 |

Civil Engineer | 71 |

Mechanical Engineer | 74 |

Attorney | 82 |

Stockbroker | 84 |

Senior Corporate Executive | 88 |

Dentist | 101 |

Orthodontist | 103 |

General Practice Physician | 142 |

Surgeon | 156 |

### Why UNCG?

- Nice and modern campus
- Great students
- Excellent faculty
- Unbeatable environment for you to learn, grow and succeed
- Many scholarship opportunities
- Many research opportunities

### Scholarships for Math majors

Our department offers many scholarships to math majors, see Scholarships. For additional sources of funding, see Funding.

### Research Opportunities for Students

Our department offers many research opportunities for undergraduate students, see Research opportunities.