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Online Colleges for Mathematics and Statistics

The mathematics and statistics fields are actually some of the oldest sciences around and considered the building blocks for many other industries and disciplines. Although a job in the field might seem singularly focused in pursuit, mathematicians and statisticians can be part of a team and work closely with others in related scientific fields, such as computer scientists, engineers, and technicians. They can also find employment in universities and do people-focused work such as teaching or become involved in work based on discovery such as research. Although it might not seem readily apparent, mathematicians and statisticians can find themselves in jobs that demand a lot more than just an understanding of numbers and what combinations of these might mean. Tight deadlines, overtime, and extensive travel sometimes can be a part of the job, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Mathematics and Statistics Online Programs

Students can usually find bachelor's degree programs in mathematics at universities. Master's and doctoral degrees are also available in applied or pure mathematics. Some of the online mathematics and statistics programs available are related to teaching. Example programs available online include Bachelor's of Science in Elementary Education programs with a math emphasis, Master's of Science degrees in Education in Mathematics and Master's of Arts degrees in Mathematics Education with focus on specific grade levels such as elementary, middle school or high school. Online bachelor's degree programs in basic mathematics are also available at some schools and can help to prepare students for entry-level fields or to establish the building blocks to pursue advanced degrees.

While a doctorate is usually required to find work in the scientific field, there are some opportunities for those with a master's degree. Those with bachelor's degrees are not typically qualified for jobs, except, perhaps in the federal government or if they are teaching K-12 math. One of the largest employers for mathematicians, for examples, is the U.S. Department of Defense, with more than 80 percent of mathematics in federal agencies working there, according to the BLS. Job opportunities for mathematicians are predicted to grow at a rate of 22 percent while those for statisticians are expected to grow 13 percent between 2008 and 2018. Mathematicians earned mean annual wages of $100,260 while statisticians earned mean annual wages of $95,150.

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