Students interested in math have career options they may not have dreamed of, according to representatives of the banking industry. Two officials from Commerce Bank told high school students at PSU’s annual Math Honor Day that the world of business offers many opportunities.

A good option is analytics, the bank representatives said. These specialists use computers, research and data to help guide the choices companies make.

“At Commerce Bank, we use math and statistics to help make better decisions,” said Tim Fitch, technology analytics manager. “Good use of data helps us to play outside our weight class.”

Commerce Bank confirmed the value of these specialized employees by working with PSU in recent years to create a new degree option, the bachelor of integrated studies degree with an emphasis in analytics.

“That program combines math, business and communication to produce a well-rounded person,” Fitch said.