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Is there a Career combining Art (the Fine Art kind) and Math (the Calculus kind)?

I've always loved fine art with all kind of mediums, (oil paint, charcoal, soft pastels, etc) as well as math (calculus has been the best so far), but I'm not interested in engineering or the other careers (graphic design, architecture) that keep being mentioned with these two topics. I don't find science interesting and while I can easily pass computer programming it also isn't something I can see myself doing.
I know I'm being super difficult with this description, but does anyone have any ideas of a possible future career?
#art #math #career #college

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Ken’s Answer

Congratulations on being interested in finding the right career to follow.. It takes a special person to enter into a specific career field and meet the demands which that career area presents. The first step is to get to know yourself to see if you share the personality traits which make one successful in that area. The next step is doing networking to meet and talk to and possibly shadow people doing what you might think that you want to do to see if this is something that you really want to do, as a career area could look much different on the inside than it looks from the outside.  When I was doing college recruiting, I encountered too many students, who skipped these important steps, and ended up in a career/job for which they were ill suited.

Ken recommends the following next steps:

The first step is to take an interest and aptitude test and have it interpreted by your school counselor to see if you share the personality traits necessary to enter the field. You might want to do this again upon entry into college, as the interpretation might differ slightly due to the course offering of the school. However, do not wait until entering college, as the information from the test will help to determine the courses that you take in high school. Too many students, due to poor planning, end up paying for courses in college which they could have taken for free in high school.
Next, when you have the results of the testing, talk to the person at your high school and college who tracks and works with graduates to arrange to talk to, visit, and possibly shadow people doing what you think that you might want to do, so that you can get know what they are doing and how they got there. Here are some tips: ## ## ## ## ## ##
Locate and attend meetings of professional associations to which people who are doing what you think that you want to do belong, so that you can get their advice. These associations may offer or know of intern, coop, shadowing, and scholarship opportunities. These associations are the means whereby the professionals keep abreast of their career area following college and advance in their career. You can locate them by asking your school academic advisor, favorite teachers, and the reference librarian at your local library. Here are some tips: ## ## ## ##
• It is very important to express your appreciation to those who help you along the way to be able to continue to receive helpful information and to create important networking contacts along the way. Here are some good tips: ## ## ## ##
It really does not matter what school you attend, as the most important factors are how well you do with the school work, which is an indication to an employer about what kind of employee you will be, and the effort that you put forth in your networking to set up networking connections that will help you throughout your education/career journey. Here is an important video for you to watch: ## ##
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Greg’s Answer

While there are some folks doing math-inspired art (e.g., Anton Sherwood or Bathsheba Sculpture), it's not a big market, so I would not recommend it as a first choice. But there's some fascinating stuff out there, and it might inform your choices of the next math courses you take.

A much better bet in terms of employability (and, hopefully, personal enjoyment) is data visualization, especially scientific visualization. The age of Big Data is here (though we'll look back on today's "big" data in 10 years and laugh), and being able to make sense of the deluge increasingly means using clever visualizations to present multidimensional data (e.g., a 3D model with color, transparency, and animation => 5 dimensions of data at once, perhaps 6 if a 3D grid of arrows/vectors is also overlaid). Science often has the coolest data (e.g., see the video of the Illustris Simulation or the Cosmography of the Local Universe video) but not always the best funding. :-/ There are plenty of companies working with big data, however (my own, LinkedIn, as well as Google, IBM, Facebook, Apple, Twitter, Netflix, most of the large biotech/pharmacology ones, etc.), and they tend to pay better.

Greg recommends the following next steps:

Take a look at the sites linked above.
Do a search for "data visualization" and see what else turns up.