Major

LSAT

GMAT

Mathematics

12.8%

13.3%

Philosophy

8.7%

11.0%

Economics

9.6%

7.3%

Chemistry

7.6%

7.5%

English

5.6%

4.1%

Foreign Languages

5.7%

3.3%

History

2.9%

4.6%

Biology

4.0%

3.3%

Psychology

0.9%

0.8%

Political Science

1.6%

0.06%

Arts and Music

0.05%

1.2%

Business

4.5%

0.8%

Sociology

7.0%

5.0%

Education

8.7%

4.2%

Interested in a Professional degree?

 

So you want to pursue a career as a doctor, lawyer, or businessperson. Computational Mathematics is a great major for those wishing to pursue these careers. The evidence is in the results from these entrance exams.

 

A study by the National Institute of Education of scores on these entrance exams shows that students majoring in mathematics receive scores substantially higher than the average on each of the tests studied.

 

The table on the left shows some of the data from THE CHRONICLE OF HIGHER EDUCATION. The entries display the percentage by which the average score of exam takers with the listed majors differs from the average score of all test takers.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

What kind of starting salary should you expect?

 

If you are looking to jump straight into a job after

graduation, the table on the left compares average

starting salaries for students by undergraduate major.

 

Taken from the National Association of Colleges and

Employers 2005 salary survey, the statistics in the table

show the percentages by which the average salaries for

the listed majors compare to that of an English major.

 

 

 

Major

Salary Differential

Mathematics

37.7%

Economics

33.5%

Chemistry

22.8%

Foreign Languages

5.1%

Political Science

4.9%

History

0.9%

Biology

0.8%

English

0%

Sociology

0.3%

Psychology

4.4%

 

 

 

 

 

 

Major

Satisfaction Ranking

Mathematician

1

Actuary

2

Statistician

3

Biologist

4

Software Engineer

5

Economist

11

Physicist

13

Computer Programmer

18

Chemist

57

Mechanical Engineer

74

 

Will you like the job you get?

 

Completing a degree in mathematics can land you a job which has high job satisfaction. JobsRated.com ranks 200 jobs according to environment, income, outlook, physical demands, and stress.  In 2009, "Mathematician" held the number one spot on the list.

 

"Actuary" and "Statistician" were numbers two and three on the list. These are careers for which a degree in mathematics is extremely valuable. The table on the left gives the ranking of several other jobs from the study.