I'm a senior in college with about a 3.65 GPA with a major in pure math and minor in econ. A lot of people say math degrees are useful because people always need people with math skills, but besides the standard calculus claases everyone has to take (which are a joke), I can't imagine any other math courses I've taken apply well to any field one can get a job. For example, topics like abstract algebra, linear algebra, and topology don't seem all that useful in the real world. So I don't know what people mean by actual "math skills". If they mean arithmetic, well, I've always had strong arithmetic skills before college....
I just think that people with math degrees are no better than the people with physics, engineering degrees in terms of math skills. All fields teach you how to think logically in their different ways, but the difference is that you apply these skills in the fields of physics and engineering types. IN math, it's all abstract and theoretical, so you don't get to apply it to anything useful.
As of now, I can only think of a few occupations where math degrees are specifically desired. One is teaching, which isn't for me, that would be epic fail for everyone. And actuarial science, which was a path I got on for a bit but decided it wasn't for me.
When I hear people talk about useless majors, I never hear math among that group. When I heard people talk about the best majors to go for, I don't really hear math too much in that group. So here are my questions -
- is math an overrated degree to have?
- What actually can be done with a math degree that would make me a better candidate for jobs compared to the people with econ degrees, history degrees, psych degrees, etc?
I really have no idea what I'm going to do after I graduate. I know my school has a good rep for employment rates, but if I have trouble finding a job, I'll really start to regret that I majored in math.