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Fall 2012
Vol. 56, Number 3
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Fall 2012, Vol. 56, Number 3

Math at work: Using numbers on the job



L ois Coles teaches algebra to eighth graders in Brentwood, Tennessee. Each year she has her students talk to workers in careers that interest them, asking for examples of how they use math in their jobs.

"It's unbelievable," says Coles. "The students ask everyone—from figure skaters to real estate agents, nurses, and airline pilots—and they all give us math problems."

Math is used in many occupations. And, experts say, workers with a strong background in mathematics are increasingly in demand. "Employers are looking for math majors a lot more than they used to," says Mike Breen of the American Mathematical Society. That equals prime opportunity for career-minded math enthusiasts.

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Last Updated: September 21, 2012