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Updated June, 2011
Introduction to the XP Math - Math in Careers Database
This database was designed to help you explore a wide variety of jobs. This is important because your career choice is one of the most important decisions you will make in life. This database includes descriptions for 291 major jobs. These jobs together employ 88 percent of the American workforce. The job descriptions answer questions such as these:
  • What do people in this job do all day?
  • What math topics will I need on the job?
  • How much does the job pay?
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Begin Search
This database contains information on math jobs and math topics. You can start to explore in three ways:
  • Lite Version lists the most common jobs and is more appropriate for grades 5 and under.
  • Search by Math Topics will allow you to select a math topic to find out what jobs require it.
  • Search by Jobs will allow you to select a job to find out what topics it requires.
Recommended Resources
  • New Real-Life Career Masters These masters can be used as short activities to motivate students who need more examples of why mathematics is important. These can also be used as quick activities when the class periods have been cut short or as extra activities on assessment days for those students who finish early.
  • Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2010-11 Edition The Occupational Outlook Handbook is a nationally recognized source of career information, designed to provide valuable assistance to individuals making decisions about their future work lives. The Handbook is revised every two years.
  • Exploring Career Information from the Bureau of Labor Statistics -- 2010-11 Edition The Bureau of Labor Statistics' Web site for kids provides introductory career information for students in Grades 4-8. Most of the material on the site has been adapted from the Bureau's Occupational Outlook Handbook—a career guidance publication for adults and upper-level high school students that describes the job duties, working conditions, training requirements, earnings levels, and employment prospects of hundreds of occupations.
  • MAA Online Career Profiles The profiles below cover a wide variety of careers for which a background in the mathematical sciences is useful. They provide practical answers to the question: "Why should I study math?" Most of those profiled use mathematics on a daily basis, while others rely on the general problem solving skills acquired in their mathematics courses.