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Careers in Mathematics


Some of the many careers that make use of a good math background:

Mathematician

Actuary

Statistician

Biologist

Software Engineer

Computer Systems Analyst

Historian

Sociologist

Industrial Designer

Accountant

Economist

Philosopher

Physicist

Parole Officer

Meteorologist

Medical Laboratory Technician

Paralegal Assistant

Computer Programmer

Motion Picture Editor

Astronomer

Biophysicist

Nuclear Engineer

System Designer

Network Analyst

Investment Consultant

Architect

Physical Therapist

Medical Doctor

Electrical Distribution Designer

Banking

Investment Consultant

Architect

Physical Therapist

Electrical Engineer

Metabolic Imaging

Research Scientist

App Programmer

Insurance Adjuster

and more . . .


The Mathematics Association of America (MAA) has more detailed information about the many career possibilities for math students.

Majoring in mathematics is not about learning a specific profession, for example, learning to be a mechanic or an electrician. Learning mathematics exposes you to a unique way of thinking. It teaches not only certain mathematical knowledge, but also how to apply this knowledge in every day life. Critical thinking, logical reasoning, problem solving, and communicating complex ideas are all skills that you learn by doing mathematics. These skills are in demand in every field, even when the job itself doesn't require mathematics. In fact, many employers deliberately seek out mathematics majors because they know that students who have studied mathematics come with a unique set of skills.

A few years ago Google sought out people with a strong mathematics background by posting the following billboard by the side of the highway in several US cities:

Those who knew the answer to this mystery billboard and typed it in to their browsers were brought to a webpage with math puzzles to solve; those that answered correctly were asked for their resumes.

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