# Mathematics

5 Reasons to Study Mathematics

Apart from the obvious use of counting the cans of baked beans in your kitchen, or figuring out how far you can stretch that last $20, maths is a skill which can be applied to so many areas. If you find Pi as easy as...well...pie, and have contemplated studying maths at a higher level, but still need a little more convincing, you should read our list of reasons to study mathematics:

1. Humanity needs Maths

Just look around. Some of civilisation's most prized and proud achievements are wholly reliant on mathematics. Planes flying seamlessly through the air, high availability of complex medicines, even the computer you are using now: all of these increasingly vital commodities rely on the use and study of numbers. If you are to stop and think for just a few minutes it becomes inescapably clear that mathematics is pretty well inseparable from life as we know it.

2. Potential for Joint courses

Mathematics is a multi-use subject and so it is easily combined with other courses. A rich selection of study areas shows that a Mathematics does not have to be purely numerical, but can involve the arts to offer literary, musical or scientific nourishment.

3. Graduate Prospects

Graduate Prospects are relatively high, this high level of employability is strengthened by the fact that careers involving maths are typically permanent, in that numbers in whichever form they take are going to be around forever, and so money, computing and many other mathematical fields are reasonably safe career paths.

4. Transferable skills

A mathematician's skillset is not exhausted once they move out of the realm of the numerical. The facets of a student which are developed during a Mathematics course are easily extrapolated to other situations and areas. For example, rational and logical thought is something which is required in many areas, whether it is in a moral or career capacity. Furthermore the high level of cognition required to comprehend complex mathematical theories and rules is an asset which will benefit an individual in many ways.

5. Salary advantage

Mathematics skill level falls high on the average starting salary charts, well above average. As a main motive for many students to study certain subjects, the potential pay is a definite bonus factor with mathematics, helped by the versatile nature of the skills involved.

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