There's lots of good answers you can give when your students ask, "When am I going to use this in the real world?" Now you can arm yourself with the best possible answer: a recent study says mathematicians have the best job in America!
There's a lot of jobs in the field, they make almost $100k a year, and it's about as low stress as you can get. Not to mention, most of the other "best jobs in America" cited by the study require a lot of math skills.
Math is where it's at, baby, there's no way around it.