What is the basic math you'll ever need or use This is a tough question as it depends on what your responsibilities in life are and what job requirements you have that involve math. If, your job doesn't really require math and I'd be the first to say there is math involved in every job, however, if your job doesn't require math to any extent, perhaps basic math is all you need. I've compiled a list of my thoughts about everyday math. What it is and why you need it. For all those students who question whe we need this stuff, this article is for you.