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Jobs That Use Polynomials

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Possessing an education with emphasis on algebra opens scores of employment opportunities, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Jobs that use algebraic polynomial equations include computer science, physics, health care and education. Polynomial equations use more than one function for calculations, including addition, subtraction, and multiplication, to assist educators with statistical conclusions for graphing class and measuring student progress.

Professional

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Job requirements for professional careers in aerospace, environmental and nuclear engineering emphasize proficiency in basic and advanced math concepts, such as polynomial equations. All professional engineers must be able to determine principles, calculate dimensions and limits, and prove concepts. Economic professionals use the same mathematical principles to study resource use of land, raw materials, labor and manufacturing machinery, for the purpose of advising both the private and government sectors.

Management

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Managers such as funeral directors, real estate agents, insurance underwriters and budget analysts use polynomials to figure discounts, shipping calculations and how to keep different types of related records. Knowledge of basic math, algebra, geometry, as well as computer studies, helps managers do their jobs every day.

Health Care

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Nursing, psychiatric and home-health aides use polynomials to determine schedules and keep records of patient progress. People seeking employment in these areas require a keen mathematical background using polynomial computations.

Forestry

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Converting measurements, using geometry to calculate area, and metric math apply to forestry employment in conservation work and logging. Forest engineers, conservationists and loggers use polynomials in managing the land, for example, calculating how many trees to replant after cutting down a section of forest.

Electronics Installation

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Tests to identify electrical problems involve polynomials in the installation and repair of electronic home entertainment equipment. Workers solve math problems on every job installing or repairing sound systems, video games, cameras or TVs. Employment can be found in the service departments of large electronics stores or as a self-employed contractor.

Production

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Workers use computer-controlled machines to produce metal and plastic products. Following blueprints, these workers operate lathes, spindles and milling machines. Workers must understand polynomial math concepts to ensure the parts are made with precision.