# Does pursuing a mathematics degree make sense for data analytics and or finance?

I am typically fascinated by mathematics as a whole and I am vaguely interested in data analytics or finance. I do plan on learning more on my own about both careers but I want to hear from other professionals if getting a mathematics degree is worth the time investment for either those two careers. #finance #math #career

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## Mickaelās Answer

I am not in the domain of data analytics or finance (though I did learn about data mining and data analytics 20 years ago) but I think both totally use maths to solve their problem (well they may use computers, but the computers use maths so ...)

Be aware that, for example, machine learnings are pure statistical models that you train. This is pure maths being. Nothing more.

## Mohamedās Answer

Good luck!

## Jackās Answer

It is typically a good idea to take some classes in other subjects (namely business, economics, and/or computer science). Since I attended a liberal arts university, this was required to some extent. This helped me a lot when looking for jobs, because I had a broader skill set and was still able to tackle rigorous analytical problems.

Some common jobs in finance that would heavily use math include:

- Quantitative investing (you can look at hedge funds like Two Sigma, D.E. Shaw, Renaissance Technologies)

- Data Science (I work at UBS and have really enjoyed working with our in-house research/data science team)

If you are interested in math, you can have lots of good job options coming out of school. Just make sure to supplement your knowledge with some sort of domain knowledge. In my case, I took some business and computer science classes so that I could work at a financial institution. If you find that higher level math isn't for you, taking the intro math classes in university will keep your options open for other majors (such as economics, physics, or computer science).

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## Charlotteās Answer

However, when discussing studying math, it is important to note the many different areas you can focus on. Pure math is proof-based and is not directly applicable to finance. Applied math or data science studies are much more applicable.

In the end, you can use either of these fields to make yourself a promising candidate -- it should really matter much more which you are passionate abouet.

## Braydenās Answer

While a major in math might be helpful for a degree in finance or data analytics however if these are fields that you want to pursue then I would look at degrees more in this field and think of having the math degree as a second major or a minor. One of the challenges of jobs today is that companies are looking for people with degrees with specific degrees in the fields that they are working. Especially in a finance degree, only having the math degree wont give you some of the much needed business skills and topics that are required in that field. While im not saying its impossible it just might be a more difficult route to pursue but is worth a shot.

Good luck!

## Nataliaās Answer

Analytical thinking is crucial for data analytics and finance roles. That being said, I would not recommend taking extremely intense mathematics courses that are often times theoretical, just to excel at those roles. If you are interested in Math, take those classes! If you are interested in learning more about data analytics and finance, I would recommend classes in excel, SQL, Python as well as accounting, stocks/investing, and economics.

Many schools that have business or data analytics program will have certain math prerequisites. At my university, I was required to take one calculus course. I took a second calculus course and deeply regretted it. It was way too difficult for me and I was not passionate about the subject. However, some people loved taking advanced calculus courses and realized their math knowledge was really helpful for upper level economics classes.

## Mariaās Answer

A degree in Mathematics makes sense to pursue a career in Finance and or Business Management, particularly in the area or product development, logistics, etc.

I would recommend courses in Economics and other humanities. In terms of college degrees, you will need a BS in either discipline, and an MBA and or Financial Licenses if you pursue client-facing positions.

Good luck.

## Leahās Answer

Overall I think a math degree is a very helpful degree if you're unsure of what specific field you want to get into. While I did learn a lot of math, I mostly learned how to understand math which makes learning the skill needed for specific industries easier.

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