In the past, it was not uncommon for a high school student to have to take courses in calculus, and even if he or she got an A- in that calculus course, that would not mean they were ready for an advanced math career.
With the advent of advanced engineering mathematics courses, however, that is starting to change.
According to the American Mathematical Society’s new rankings, the number of math majors in high schools has more than doubled in the past decade.
It has tripled from 2.6 percent in 2011 to 6.4 percent in 2015, and in the same time, the percentage of high school math majors who majored in engineering has more or less tripled.
That is an indication that the current crop of engineers are more prepared for advanced mathematics careers than the students who went through those courses before.
In a study conducted by the National Center for Education Statistics, the National Association of Secondary School Principals, and the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics, the math majors at the top of the math ladder went on to graduate with a bachelor’s degree in engineering and a master’s degree or higher in physics or engineering.
In comparison, the average math major at the bottom of the mathematics ladder graduated with a high-school diploma, and a high math major with a master degree in science was at least half way there.
Math majors have a wide range of careers in STEM, which includes everything from manufacturing and manufacturing jobs, to manufacturing, energy, and more.
But, the most common kind of math career is not engineering or computer science.
“The majority of engineering majors and the majority of computer science majors don’t even have a degree in mathematics,” said Mark Williams, a senior math instructor at South Carolina University.
The other way that math majors can have more success is by having a math major who is already at the next level.
That can be a good thing, he said, because it makes the math major less dependent on what is happening in the rest of their lives.
“There’s a real advantage of having a second chance,” Williams said.
With so many more math majors on the way, Williams and other instructors hope that by giving more students a second shot, they can help them take that leap of faith, which is what they believe will help them land that second job.
Williams believes that by offering students an opportunity to work on an open-ended, collaborative project in their engineering career, they will see more math graduates than ever before.
“It’s like taking a group of people, giving them a choice of what they want to do,” Williams told The Verge.
“They can choose to work with someone else, or they can choose for themselves.”
In his opinion, giving students a choice in what they do with their time is the only way to help them achieve the dreams that their math majors have been dreaming of for years.
For example, the majority (57 percent) of math graduates who went on a math degree in high school had no formal education in physics, according to the report.
Instead, they chose math because it was the field that had the best mathematical content and because it offered the best job prospects.
But with more and more STEM majors in the field, math is starting, for now, to be the path to that second dream.