Not sure which path to take...Math Degree or Computer Science degree?

Discussion in 'Community Discussion' started by jc0481, Aug 21, 2012.

  1. jc0481 macrumors regular

    Mar 16, 2005
    I like both actually. I have read from people online that have Math degrees and they are software developers. So that's a good sign. I just wanted to know if anyone here that reads my forum that has a math degree or currently studying for it. How are your job prospects?

    Worst case scenario I obtain my Math Degree and have mountain of student loan debt with no job prospects. Also for the Computer Science degree: I keep getting interview after interview but keep getting turned down because of lack of experience.

    Best case scenario: I graduate with my Bachelor degree and get a good job that pays really well a few months after I graduate.

    I can take constructive criticism.
  2. Tomorrow macrumors 604


    Mar 2, 2008
    Always a day away
    I used to think I wanted to go back and get a Ph.D. in math. The idea still pleases me, but I waited to late in life to get started. La V.
  3. jav6454 macrumors P6


    Nov 14, 2007
    1 Geostationary Tower Plaza
    Anything computer science is just applied math in general and applied computer engineering, which is applied electrical engineering which is applied physics which in turn is just applied math.

    Get what you like!

    At any rate a math degree will at least fetch you a teaching job in the meantime.
  4. ravenvii macrumors 604


    Mar 17, 2004
    Melenkurion Skyweir
    Why not both? You take a lot of math courses for a computer science degree. You'll likely only need a handful more to complete a major in mathematics.
  5. lowbelly macrumors member

    Sep 18, 2007
    I would be hesitant to hire someone with a math degree for a programming job, until they had enough experience to back it up. A math minor practically comes for free with a CS degree, that's the way I'd go.
  6. Rodimus Prime macrumors G4

    Rodimus Prime

    Oct 9, 2006

    Umm I am going to point out to you that Computer science is not just apply Computer Engineering. While yes they have a lot of over lap they come at things from very different perspectives.
  7. jc0481 thread starter macrumors regular

    Mar 16, 2005
    I just wanted to post an update. I went with a Math degree. After doing some more research I went with a Mathematics degree. I was looking into state assistance for my education and the state counselor that was helping me was concerned about job openings with my future degree. You see they only support certain degree programs and computer science was one of them. She showed me the list.

    I then had to come up with 10-15 job openings from different job websites that math degree was one of the requirements for that job. I did not find 10-15 job openings. I founded 25 and only took me a few hours to look for it.
  8. 63dot macrumors 603


    Jun 12, 2006
    Congrats for choosing math. You will find work with either.

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