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Mathematics at WGU

Are You Looking to Enroll in a Mathematics Program?

As you explore your education options, one thing to keep in mind is that not all careers involving math are the same—and very few actually require a mathematics degree. Many of today’s organizations need math-minded people with a background in accounting, management, marketing, data analysis, and more. Getting a degree in any of these fields can give you a broad skill set that can be applied to a range of math-related roles.

If you have knack for numbers, WGU offers three degree paths that can nurture your math skills and prepare you for an in-demand career doing what you love.

employment growth

28%

Projected growth for math jobs from 2020 to 2030

Skills in Mathematics and Similar Professions

Mathematicians have well-developed skills in logical thinking and problem-solving. They’re able to look at complex data sets and problems, make sense of them, and come up with potential solutions. This kind of knowledge is valuable in any industry, which is why careers involving math are so diverse.

Specific skills needed for each math-related occupation will vary, but these are some of the general skills and abilities employers look for:

  • Math: Using mathematics, mathematical models, and deductive reasoning to solve problems.
  • Critical thinking: Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions, or approaches to problems.
  • Problem-solving: Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.
  • Active learning: Seeking new information for current and future problem-solving and decision-making.
  • Information ordering: Arranging things in a certain order or pattern according to a specific rule or set of rules (e.g., patterns of numbers, letters, words, pictures, mathematical operations).
  • Communication: Explaining technical concepts and solutions in nontechnical ways.

While becoming a math major is one way to build these skills, WGU offers other degree programs that can give you similar knowledge, along with additional skills that might better align with your career goals.

Here are three WGU programs to consider if you’re thinking about a career related to math:

Bachelor of Science in Accounting

If you enjoy working with numbers and have an eye for detail, an accounting degree might add up nicely for you.

This degree program will teach you how companies and organizations should budget, invest, and more.

You’ll learn financial recording, auditing, and other essential accounting principles that help companies run smoothly.

There are a range of skills you’ll learn in an accounting program that can be applied to math-related careers, including:

  • Algebra
  • Finance skills for managers
  • Quantitative analysis
  • Economics

With these skills and education, you can go on to pursue math-related jobs such as finance manager, accountant, auditor, or financial director.

Bachelor of Science in Business Management

Math and business go hand-in-hand, so if you want to work in a role related to management and numbers, this degree could be a great option. Plus, the business management degree will prepare you to work in any industry or organization—from healthcare and education to IT and marketing. Courses in this program will prepare you to make calculations, use math to analyze data, tap into statistics to solve business problems, and more.

There are a range of skills you’ll learn in a business management program that can be applied to math-related careers, including:

  • Algebra
  • Economics
  • Probability and statistics
  • Quantitative analysis

With these skills and education, you can go on to pursue math-related jobs such as an actuary, market research analyst, statistician, or operations research analyst.

Bachelor of Science in Data Analytics and Data Management

Many career fields now rely on data, which is why there’s high demand for skilled mathematicians with data experience. In this degree program, you’ll learn how to utilize your math skills to analyze raw data and turn it into usable information. You’ll also gain a solid understanding of database management and visualization, which can help propel your career even further.

There are a range of skills you’ll learn in a data analytics and data management program that can be applied to math-related careers, including:

  • Statistics
  • Data analytics
  • Technical communication
  • Critical thinking

With these skills and education, you can go on to pursue math-related jobs such as a statistician, analytics manager, data analyst, or computer programmer.

employment growth

8,000+

number of mathematics job postings that specifically require data analytics skills

Source: LinkedIn

Careers in Mathematics with a Bachelor’s Degree

The good news is, there’s no shortage of math-related careers you can pursue with a bachelor’s degree. So, while a mathematics program can be a good move for some, you may be able to expand your job options by completing the above degree programs.

Here’s a look at the range of jobs that are out there with a degree in accounting, business management, or data analytics and data management.

Statisticians collect and analyze a company’s data to help them learn from their collected information. They work to identify trends in data sets before offering those patterns to company executives who can tailor business operations accordingly.

Math teachers break down complex concepts into ones that are easier for their students to grasp. They help students understand the connections between abstract concepts and real-world problems and teach them how to build on their existing knowledge to continue to learn more advanced math concepts.

Market research analysts gather and analyze data about consumers and competitors. They study market conditions to examine potential sales of a product or service to help companies understand what shoppers want and at what price.

An actuary uses math, data, and financial theories to assess the risk of future events and help companies develop policies in response

Economists analyze and research consumer data and economic trends to help companies better tailor their marketing efforts toward their findings.

Aerospace engineers design aircrafts, spacecrafts, satellites, and missiles and ensure that they meet engineering standards. They also create and test prototypes to make sure that they function according to design.

Financial advisors work on their clients’ behalf to research and pursue reliable investment opportunities that will earn a sufficient return. They also help clients navigate a range of financial challenges, like income taxes and stock trading.

Computer programmers write and test codes that tell computers to accomplish certain tasks, such as retrieving data. If there are bugs or issues, computer programmers test the applications and fix the problems within the code.

employment growth

$89,190

average annual salary for computer programmers

As you can see, exploring your degree options can open a world of career possibilities. Whatever path you pursue, a bachelor's degree will be important in helping you land and succeed in these roles—or advance in your current career.

Why Choose WGU?

For starters, WGU is dedicated to helping you achieve your educational goals by providing flexible online degree programs that fit your lifestyle. But that’s just the beginning. There are several more reasons WGU’s online degree programs are a great fit for students:

They’re affordable.
Tuition is charged per six-month term, not per credit hour—which means you can complete more courses in one term without paying more money.

They’re accelerated.
Competency-based education means you can use your knowledge to your advantage. Move through courses at your own pace, accelerating your program and graduating faster.

They’re accessible.
We offer scholarships and financial aid to help with our already-affordable tuition, making college education accessible for even more students.

They’re career-focused.
The skills you learn in our online programs are directly applicable to your career and provide you with relevant experience before you even graduate, which can make you even more marketable to future employers.

Which Degree Should You Choose?

Accounting – B.S. Business Administration

Have a knack for numbers or fine-tuning finances?...

Have a knack for numbers or fine-tuning finances?...

Have a knack for numbers or fine-tuning finances?

  • Time: 70% of graduates finish within 41 months.
  • Tuition and fees: $3,720 per 6-month term.

Some careers and jobs this business degree will prepare you for:

  • Accounting manager
  • Financial director
  • Vice president of finance and operations
  • Chief financial officer
  • Forensic accountant

Take your first step toward CPA certification and learn how to use GAAP, ledgers, and journals.

Business Management – B.S. Business Administration

Hone your business acumen and garner added respect:...

Hone your business acumen and garner added...

Hone your business acumen and garner added respect:

  • Time: 70% of graduates finish within 41 months.
  • Tuition and fees: $3,720 per 6-month term.

Sample careers and jobs this business degree will prepare you for:

  • Account executive
  • Business analyst
  • Program manager
  • Director or senior director
  • Vice president

This online degree program is an excellent choice for kick-starting your organizational management career.

Data Management/Data Analytics – B.S.

Lean into data, and walk away with a cutting-edge online degree:...

Lean into data, and walk away with a cutting-edge...

Lean into data, and walk away with a cutting-edge online degree:

  • Time: 70% of graduates finish within 35 months.
  • Tuition and fees: $3,920 per 6-month term.
  • Certifications: CIW and CompTIA certs, all included.

Unique to WGU's program is the incorporation of a Udacity Nanodegree—a highly recognized credential designed to prepare you for a career in data science.

Certified Internet Web certification included:

  • CIW Data Analyst

CompTIA certifications included:

  • CompTIA A+ (Parts 1 and 2)
  • CompTIA Network+
  • CompTIA Project+
  • CompTIA IT Operations Specialist