• Why Study Mathematics? 
    Math Careers  
    When Will I Ever Use Math In The Real World? 
    The most common question students ask math teachers at every level is “When will I use math?” WeUseMath.org is a non-profit website that helps to answer this question. This website describes the importance of mathematics and many rewarding career opportunities available to students who study mathematics. Click on http://weusemath.org/ to explore the site. Scroll to the bottom of the page to view 40+ careers using math and their starting salaries.
    Why Study Mathematics?
    Studying mathematics is a wise choice. The world is becoming increasingly quantitative. Mathematics plays a crucial role in deciding policies which affect our lives, policies ranging from health and the environment to multi-million dollar investments. Organizations are depending more and more on quantitative reasoning and complex mathematical models to solve their problems. Studying mathematics will give you the skills you need to work on important, challenging real-world problems in a broad range of highly paid positions in business, industry, government and education.
    Many organizations seek people knowledgeable in mathematics, for example IBM, Microsoft, the U.S. Army, the National Security Agency, Philips Electronics, Lucent Technologies, AT&T, Silicon Graphics, Pricewaterhouse Coopers, NASA, Texas Instruments, Hewlett-Packard, the U.S. Navy, Eastman Kodak, Union Bank of Switzerland, Citicorp, the Vatican Observatory, and every school district in the U.S. 
     Career Options
    A wide range of career options are available for the math student. The Mathematics Association of America sponsored interviews at http://www.maa.org/careers/index.html (October 1999) with people using mathematics in their careers. These essays provide practical answers to the question: "Why should I study math?" Most of those profiled use mathematics on a daily basis; others rely on the general problem solving skills acquired in their mathematics courses. 
    The American Mathematical Society also has a similar collection of career profiles: http://www.ams.org/profession/career-info/math-work/math-work. 
    Useful Information For Current High School Students
    http://www.ams.org/programs/students/students (Summer Programs, Assistance, Clubs, Magazines, Careers, Tools, Contests) is provided by the American Mathematical Society.