# Mathematics Degrees

## What is a Mathematics Degree?

Why is dividing a number by zero impossible? How do we know one plus one doesn't equal three? Answer these questions and more by studying mathematics to earn a mathematics degree.

**Mathematicians** use theories, algorithms, and technology to perform complicated **mathematical** operations in order to solve equations. Either they solve theoretical math problems or applied math problems.

Theoretical **mathematics** studies the principles and relationships within numbers to find new ones. Pythagoras' theorem, a^{2 }+ b^{2 }= c^{2}, is one example of a **mathematical** theory that served as metaphorical bedrock that allowed for more complicated math and more advanced technology to be built atop of it. As a theoretical **mathematician**, you will work to contribute to the whole of **mathematical **knowledge and theory. Theoretical math may not be itself inherently useful, but it allows us to develop more complicated useful math, which we call applied **mathematics**.

Applied **mathematical** studies equations are those that impact economic, scientific, and business issues that affect society. Applied **mathematicians** use the theories and algorithms to solve real-life problems. They are tasked with problems with many variables that must be balanced—scheduling the incredibly complicated network of plane flights from an airport, for example.

**Mathematicians** work in offices 40 hours a week. To be successful as a **mathematician**, formal education is required. The large majority of **mathematicians** have a Ph.D., though there are some opportunities for master's students. You will also need to have knowledge of technology, as most high level calculations are now done in tandem with computers.

Though a high level of education is required to be a **mathematician**, the reward is great. **Mathematicians** earn close to $100,000 on average every year, according to the Bureau of Labor Services.

Embrace your affinity for **mathematics**. Apply now!

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