This is a question I think often about. The most influential element of our society, something more valuable than gold in generating power is regarded by many as a useless thing that we need to learn from school.
Due to the magic of division of labor, and increasingly automation, mathematics can be simultaneously a waste of time to learn and the literally the engine that our civilizations run upon. Even if you want to design a video game or an animation, someone on your team needs to be good at math.
Is math useful to learn outside of science and technology?
Learning math will structure your mind. It will change the way you look at the world. It will change how you approach your problems. It will change your self image and increase the space of your possibilities.
You do not need to be able to hard tedious calculations. Luckily a computer program like mathematica can do these calculations these days. What you need is to learn what a derivative is, what an integral is, what is a differential equation, what does it tell you. Knowing these concepts intuitively and knowing when they are used will absolutely enrich your mind. You will then be able to use computer programs to lever your knowledge into solving real world problem if you wish.
In the future you will be using more math in your daily life.
We already use math in our life to make daily decisions. For example, what is the best way to get to a restaurant?
There is a lot of math that goes on to calculate the best root in your GPS. There is a lot of math done for the GPS even to know where you are. And that’s in addition to all the math Uber developers are using to optimize your route and their profit.
The way I see it, if investment firms use math to maximize their profit. Then you should benefit from that as well, you just don’t have same resources.
Perhaps in the future, when everyone will be augmented with computers (maybe), you will be doing a lot of math to figure out simple daily decisions. All you need is an intuitive knowledge of what different math concepts mean and when they used to get going.