Great times for Mathematics

Great times for Mathematics

Mathematics and mathematics are experiencing a global boom. They are in many areas of knowledge and science. These areas range from the logistics organization of a company or a public transport system to the understanding of the hidden corners of the human mind.

This has caused an increase in global demand to study the career in recent years.

In Spain, for example, Mathematics and Physics double degree will have the highest cut grade this year, according to El País newspaper. It will demand 13.667 points out of 14 to study it at Universidad Complutense de Madrid. While in other universities, this degree occupies seven of the top 10 positions.

In England, Mathematics is the most popular course of the A-Level, a subject-based qualification conferred as part of the school leaving qualification offered to students completing secondary or pre-university education.

A goal of the British industrial strategy is to increase the number of young people studying Math. The aim is British can get better jobs and boost the economy.

“We want more students to study Maths as it can open up a wide range of options for future study, training, and work,” said English School Standards Minister Nick Gibb in the Government website.

In Latin America, the same phenomenon happens, too.

“Brazil, Chile, Argentina, and Mexico have a more advanced development in Mathematics than the rest of the continent,” explained Maria de la Luz Teresa, president of the Mexican Mathematical Society in a recent visit to the Center for Mathematical Modeling. “Brazil and Chile have made a specific effort, a political decision, academic policy, aimed at doing more research in Mathematics.”

The workplace market explains a part of the tendency. Mathematical knowledge is very demanded by industry, sciences, and the State now. Even more abstract mathematical techniques, such as non-linear analysis, are used to describe different phenomena. These phenomena range from the operation of nuclear reactors to the actions of DNA molecules. They include transport problems, optimal design, finance, the modeling of vehicular congestion, and others.

This happens in a context where data revolution is a key concern for organisms such as the United Nations. Big data produced by new sensors from cell phones, the Internet of Things, technologies for monitoring natural phenomena, productive technologies, and others need to be analyzed.

This explosion of available data requires experts who also have some kind of graduate degree, explained the Bureau of Labor Statistics of the United States: “Mathematicians and statisticians analyze data and apply statistical and mathematical techniques to help solve problems in the real world, especially, in the fields of engineering, business, and health. ”

In the US, the average wage of a specialist in Mathematics reaches $103,010 per year, which is 2.7 times better than the average salary of the rest of the population. In New South Wales, Australia, they are among the ten best-paid jobs. And in Chile, its employability is almost 100% in the first year.

Challenges for Mathematicians are growing. The data available in the world in greater every day, data-driven decisions will continue as a norm, and the problem-solving ability is key. In this context, the need for more and better mathematicians will continue for many years.

Posted on Jul 11, 2018 in Frontpage, News