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If my strengths are that I'm a quick learner and that I'm good with numbers what types of careers or industries might best fit me?

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Mitchell’s Answer

An inherent skill with numbers opens you up to a world of possibilities that many see as out of reach. There is an unbelievable number of opportunities with good retention and skill with numbers. Economics degrees always pay for themselves through salary and investment knowledge, and many sciences need great number crunchers. Personally, as an IT/software guy, I see the world as a place being driven more and more by software and networks, so I think the money and the job openings won't slow for a long time. But if you don't find computers interesting, that's fine! Pick your favorite math topic (calculus, trig, statistics, etc.) and look for fields that rely heavily on those things. You're already set up for success being as good with math as you are, so pick your favorite branch, do some online searching (or ask an acedemic advisor at school) and dive in. Good luck!
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Simeon’s Answer

You might want to take a look at finance or engineering. Both fields involve complex math and quickly learning new skill sets from project to project. You'll have to adapt and problem solve constantly as well as become increasingly familiar with the software that you use.
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Blake’s Answer

Hey David,

I think that's excellent to hear! The good news is that will apply to almost any career. I would suggest taking online questionnaire's about what career most fits your interests and go from there.

Thanks,
Blake
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Barbara’s Answer

Hi there! I loved math in high school (once I really "got it"). When I went to college, my love of numbers led me to major in Accounting and I am now a CPA. I couldn't have made a better choice for me. So definitely keep Finance, Accounting, Economics and some Science in mind! All of those industries will be lucky to have someone good with numbers like you! Hope that helps!
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Miranda’s Answer

I definitely think accounting could be a great field for you. Those were the same strengths that I identified with in high school and college, and I ended up graduating with an accounting degree, getting my CPA, and am currently working in public accounting. I think if you enjoy working with numbers and are good with them, the quick learner quality will come more in handy in the public accounting field, as it is a fast paced environment where quick learning will help you be more efficient and effective whether you work in auditing or tax.

I definitely think that if your high school or college offers an accounting course, take it and see what you think, but if it's not for you then there are definitely other fields to explore.

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GJ’s Answer

Hi David,
As a few here suggested already, you may be interested in and have a talent for Data analyst or even Data Scientist. One of the faster growing areas of (software) engineering that will only become more important over the next few decades is Data Science.

Good luck with your career choices!

GJ recommends the following next steps:

maybe look into Big Data and see if that is a topic that interest you.
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Holley’s Answer

I would echo Brittney's advice. It sounds like accounting may be of interest to you. Being a quick learner would be a huge benefit to you, as accounting can be fast-paced. I started my career in accounting and loved working with other highly motivated individuals. Additionally, accounting is a great background no matter what your long-term career goals may be. For me personally, I spent 5 years in accounting in a client service role and have now pivoted into a marketing and sales role with the same accounting firm. I leverage my client service background and the skills I gained daily to be successful in my current role.

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Pro’s Answer

Accounting, statistics, or a math teacher?
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Anny’s Answer

Hi, David:
Being aware of your strengths is great - not many people are as self-aware.

"Big data" is an area that many companies are investing in, both from a software perspective but also in the people to analyze and make sense of the data. Careers include data modeler, data scientist/engineer, business intelligence analyst. If you have seen the movie "Moneyball" or read the book, this is an application of data.

Other careers that rely on a strong facility for data include: statisticians/epidemiologists (for ex, some of the people who are trying to understand COVID and public health); finance; marketing (market research).

The future is so broad and bright for you, David. Good luck to you!
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Iman’s Answer

Wow - this is a really great skill to have! I think you can go in so many different directions depending on what your personal goals are and what your passions are. If you're a quick learner, I bet you could excel in just about anything! My advice would be to narrow done some fields that you are interested in and see what you enjoy the most.
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Diana’s Answer

Congrats that you are a quick learner and good with numbers. Thoughts that come to mind for a career for you include financial analyst, accounting career, data analytics, big data. Just know you'll have lots of choices being a quick learner and likes to work with numbers. All good!
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Brittney’s Answer

Hi David,

I obtained a degree in accountancy and information systems and currently work for a public accounting firm. Based on what you described as your strengths, I definitely think that accounting would be a great career to potentially pursue. Some aspects that I really enjoy from accounting is that it's challenging, I work with highly motivated individuals and I'm never bored in my day to day job role. In addition, there is great opportunity for job advancement and career advancement.

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Sara’s Answer

After reading your question, I immediately thought of Accounting as a good career option (just as the other two responses have suggested.) But I would recommend you think broadly before you specialize. Many careers can be based on being good with numbers. For example:

  • Bookkeeper / Accountant. Accountancy is the most obvious career path for someone who loves numbers. ...
  • Financial Services.
  • Investment Banker. ...
  • Math Tutor. ...
  • Economist. ...
  • Statistician. ...
  • Actuary
  • Computer Research Scientist. ...
  • Software Developer. ...
  • Computer and Information Research Scientists. ...
  • Market Research Analyst. ...
  • Statistician. ...
  • Microbiologist

I studied Business Management in college. I see many people in my organization that are good with numbers and have success working in the Finance dept or in Business Operations managing budgets and forecasting. Data Science is another hot career these days where an ability to learn quickly and having an affinity for numbers could make this a rewarding career.

Think about if you prefer a more academic career (ie: research, analysis) or a more practical career (business, banking.) Consider your interest in working with people - do you want to have daily interation with others or prefer to work alone?

Being a quick learner will serve you well no matter what career you pursue.

Sara recommends the following next steps:

Talk to friends and family about their jobs to get a better sense of what interests you.
Ask if you can shadow someone for a day to get a better sense of what a career might be like on a daily basis. If you can't shadow, ask if you can interview them. Come prepared with questions and ask for specific examples to make the conversation real.
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Race’s Answer

Hi David,

As you are good at numbers, you might consider to take the job like Accountant, Bankers, Insurance agent, Financial advisor, Casino dealer etc.

In my opinion, quick learner can pickup thing in a quick way, therefore I think you could be able to learn thing within difference career.

The most important things you need to be aware of consistency, focus on detail, be patience; since dealing with numbers might required those competence to ensure the accuracy of difference project.

Good luck in your future! :)
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