Fear of maths is nothing new. In fact, a lot people do not apply in competitive exams since they are afraid of this subject. But there are many jobs that do not require Maths and are also well-paid.
I’ll share an anecdote with you. Around 20 years back, I was being interviewed for a radio show where a girl student from an engineering college sent a message, “Mr Muralidharan, you are an IIT and IIM alumni. How much of Mathematics do you use in your current job?”
I replied, “In the last 10 odd years that I have been working, I use only arithmetic, that is, multiplication and division and even for that I use a calculator.”
The point is 95 per cent to 99 per cent of managerial jobs do not require advanced mathematics. Good knowledge of advanced math is required to pass only college exams.
So in this article when we are talking about math, we mean advanced math because basic math or arithmetic is used everywhere. Advanced math with concepts like calculus or Venn diagrams and even advanced algebra are rarely used except in very small percentage of jobs which could be in Research and Development, Pure Science (e.g. climate change). About 99 per cent of jobs will not require any advanced Math.
Jobs can be divided into two types. The first is managerial – these jobs require logic than math. The second type is clerical where usage of maths is practically nil.
The engineering jobs can be in R&D, basic research, design, detailed engineering, manufacturing, maintenance, projects/commissioning and so on. Except for basic research, design and detailed engineering, all other jobs require very basic mathematics.
Take a sneak-peak into job roles available in six industries where Math is not required and will create more than two million vacancies in the next five years:
1. Automobile: Showroom sales executive and service supervisor
2. Aviation: Trainee Co-pilot, cabin crew and ground staff
3. Banking: Recovery officer, probationary officer, branch customer relationship executive, branch operations clerk
4. Education: School teacher (except for math subject), school student counsellor, student mobiliser and skill trainer
5. Insurance: Insurance agent / adviser, development officer / unit manager / agency manager, underwriting executive (trainee) and claims officer
6. Construction, building and infrastructure: Project civil engineer, site supervisor and interior designer.
Why do we study so much advanced Math when it is not needed in jobs?
The basic fact is when you study, you do not know what job are you going to do and what will interest you. So at the foundation level, they give you all the courses. Advanced math tests your limit of endurance in understanding concepts because math is very abstract. If you do certain level of complicated math, it stretches your limit, builds your confidence and makes you ready for the real world.
— the article is written by T Muralidharan