5 Career Options for People Who Hate Math

For students who do not enjoy math, soem career options focus more on communications than numerical problem solving (photo courtesy of t.m.anderson).

For students who do not enjoy math, soem career options focus more on communications than numerical problem solving (photo courtesy of t.m.anderson).

Unfortunately, the truth is you do not go a day without using some form of math: reviewing your online bank account, adding grocery cost in the supermarket, even counting out silverware to set the dinner table…math is everywhere. Fortunately, the degree to which your math skills are developed can be halted if the understanding is not “top-notch” (it’s okay to admit; once they started including letters my math skills plummeted). To make your degree, and eventually career, focus a little easier to research, below are five options for those who are not future cast members of The Big Bang Theory.

Dental Assistant

Dental Assistants help dentists clean teeth, process x-rays, keep records of all dental treatments, and sterilizing equipment. The position is care-focused and works closely with people on a daily basis.

Education Needed: Some states require Dental Assistants to have a degree, a certificate and/or pass a state exam, while others require no formal education at all. Prospective Dental Assistants can find specific information on their state’s requirement on the Dental Assisting National Board website.

Graphic Designer

Graphic Designers work with businesses and private clients to create brochures, corporate reports, presentations, websites, or advertisement. With an average U.S. salary of over $48,000 a year, and virtually no math, Graphic Designers have to be strong communicators and comfortable with graphics, layouts, illustrations and logos.

Education Needed: Typically, a Graphic Designer will not need experience before hitting the field, but will require a Bachelor’s Degree. While experience would probably look good on one’s resumé (internships, freelance projects, etc.), the industry seems open to “new” creative minds.

Paralegal

Are you a chronic organizer? Is Spring Cleaning your favorite part of Spring? If so, a career as a paralegal may be great for you! Paralegals are responsible for reading, writing, and a lot of research in law offices. By preparing correspondence for clients, meeting with clients regularly, investigating, coordinating, gathering and analyzing data, paralegals need to be comfortable multitasking and working with others and independently.

Education Needed: In order to start a career as a Paralegal, one would need to earn, at minimum, an Associate’s Degree; no formal experience is necessary.

Police Officer

In 2008 there were over 661,000 police officers in the United States; most are assigned to patrol certain areas of a county, conduct traffic stops, and generally enforce the laws. Although not required, most officers benefit from having good customer service skills and the ability to memorize laws.

Education Needed: Police officer candidates must complete a written test, have some work experience and be a high school graduate. They must also be healthy and in physically good shape in addition to being a U.S. citizen.

Public Relations Specialist

Communication is key as a public relations specialist. As a promoter of a business’ positive image, PR specialist’s are responsible for writing press releases, drafting speeches, planning and developing programs (and possibly events) and maintaining a presence in social media.

Education Needed: PR specialists will usually need a Bachelor’s Degree with excellent communication and writing abilities. Employers usually prefer candidates with a degree in public relations, communications, journalism, business or English and are willing to pay for it; in 2010, the medien salary for a PR specialist was over $57,000 a year.

Ashley Benson is a distance education professional with five years of experience in the for-profit sector. She has worked coast-to-coast within the United States as an academic advisor, an adjunct teaching assistant and, most recently, a campus Registrar. Through formal education and industry experience, Ashley practices staying informed on the current events and changes within higher education and the students involved.

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