11 months ago

How do I figure out what I should major in?

I am going into junior year and really enjoy math, my future goals are to go to a good college and get a good high paying career. I am really struggling to narrow down my major choice and feel like I need to hurry up and decide so I can take related classes in high school and narrow down my college search. There are so many types of majors for math-related subjects and it is overwhelming, does anyone have any advice on what to look for or how to narrow it down?

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11 months ago

If you're just passionate about math only, then just pursue a major in mathematics. The average mathematician earns over USD$100K: money.usnews.com/careers/best-jobs/mathematician/salary

Just major in Math in general and you'll be fine. (Unless you're going for Ph.D in which can you'll need to narrow it down even further to like Algebra, Differential Equations etc.)

I'm not exactly sure what you mean by there being "so many types of math-related subjects", as there is only one type of major for math i.e. B.S. of Mathematics which requires you to take a wide variety of math. Do you mean STE(A)M-related subjects? In this case, just narrow it down by your interests. Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Math, Computing or any combination of the two (that you like the most) should narrow your major choice down quite a lot.

In this case, the classes you take in high school should consist mostly of math. Once you're done with that, do whatever classes you find interesting (for course rigor). I've personally completed all math courses in my high school by the end of my sophomore year. (I'm rising junior, and I know, I crammed a lot of math classes in my middle and early high school).

Anyways, good luck and hope this helps,

SilverDragon (10th-rising 11th, Class of 2025, Japan, hoping to double major in a Genetics-related major: e.g. Genetics, Biochemistry, Molecular Biology, Bioinformatics and Studio Art/Film).

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