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Should I major in theoretical mathematics or applied mathematics in undergraduate?

Asked Ronkonkoma, New York

I've taken both theoretical and applied math courses, but I was wondering what the different prospects in terms of career paths there are from one versus the other? #career #career-path #mathematics #undergraduate #applied-mathematics #theoretical

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Hans Ziqiu’s Answer

Updated California, California

If you plan to go into industry after you graduate, applied mathematics is better than theoretical mathematics in my opinion. Theoretical mathematics relies heavily on proofs - it is good if you plan on going to graduate school. Applied mathematics on the other hand, includes courses like statistics, probability, machine learning (at least from my school's curriculum) which is good if you want to go into industry immediately afterwards and become a machine learning engineer or data scientist.

Lisa G.’s Answer

Updated Brookline, Massachusetts
You might want to check out the website BeAnActuary (http://beanactuary.org) #beanactuary. An actuary is a business professional who evaluates risk, often in an insurance company. There are also more nontraditional opportunities for actuaries because risk is so much a part of modern life. If you like what you see on the website you should know that you need to be a self starter as an actuary, so you can pass the exams required to get the credentials while you are also working in a business environment. But you don't have to go to school beyond an undergraduate degree to get these credentials.