If you’re like 70% of American high school students, you’ve spent at least five full minutes this academic year wondering why you need to study math, and how derivatives will ever be important to your life. Well, here’s your answer: The U.S. Department of Commerce estimates that STEM jobs will grow 17 percent by 2018—nearly double the growth for non-STEM fields. Jobs in computer systems design and related services – a field that hinges on high-level math (re: derivatives and integrals) and problem-solving skills – are projected to grow 45% by 2020. STEM majors can expect to earn 26% more money on average than non-STEM majors and will be less likely to experience job loss because by 2018, the U.S. will have more than 1.2 million unfilled STEM jobs since there will not be enough qualified workers to fill them. STEM is where jobs are today and where the job growth will be in the future.
A Math Frame of Mind is an Innovative State of Mind
First, lets get one thing out of the way: Math is so critically integral to so much of humanity’s progress that it is absolutely inconceivable that we could enjoy the comfortable lifestyles we have today without mathematics.
That’s why Science, Technology, Engineering & Math (STEM) fields, which all pivot on math, are the most lucrative fields today. Innovation runs on math, as do all engineering and scientific fields. More and more careers require proficiency in probability, statistics, geometry, calculus and data analysis. More than just a proficiency in these areas, techno-driven careers – like those that fuel all of the glamorous technology companies and startups you hear about in Silicon Valley (Google, Facebook, Snapchat, Instagram, Clinkle, Lyft, etc) – require a math frame a mind: the ability to resolve complex problems and innovate ingenious improvements to the technologies that we use everyday. A math frame of mind is one that looks at what exists and then creates something better!
Math matters because it equips you with invaluable tools with which you can create a better and more efficient tomorrow. Math matters because we’re currently living in a Technology Age in which innovation creates jobs and security.
Skeptical? Just take a glance the highest paying majors for new college graduates in 2012:
Math, the Common Denominator
All of these majors have one key thing in common: Math. Mathematical aptitude is scarce, which is why businesses are willing to pay so much for math majors. Demand for STEM experts far exceeds supply. The future belongs to STEM Savants.
So if you’d like to live a comfortable life spent solving scintillating problems that confound your peers and innovating creative and better alternatives to the mainstays of contemporary society, then work diligently to thoroughly understand your math coursework! If you master math, you’re pretty much guaranteed to enjoy a lifetime of fat paychecks. We at MathSP know how demanding and difficult math can be which is why we’re here to help.
MathSP, the Premier Provider of a STEM Education
At MathSP, we’re committed to equipping our students with a math state of mind. Our Academic Coaches are math and science masters that have graduated from the nation’s top schools with STEM degrees. We know what it takes to achieve complete fluency in math and science and we’re passionate about transferring our expertise to our students. MathSP is the premier resource for preparing yourself for the STEM fields that own today and the STEM careers that are charting all of our tomorrows.