As an actuary I apply math, statistics, probability, operations research and others in fields like finance, insurance, risk management, we also learn programming so you will be able to become a data analyst or a data scientist, as a mathematician you can also do all the described above. It's challenging to educated within the math field but is truly rewarding.
I work as a data analyst, i love my job, it was the right choice for me since I enjoy analyzing, interpreting and explaining datasets, it's like getting to know something from the inside-out and there are a ton of things you can do with it, you get to play and discover and, for me, it's fun and a lot of times challenging, and I like challenges.
My primary training is in physics. After over three decades in basic and applied research in academia and NASA environment, I find meaning in devoting my “golden” years in the education of the next generation.
I started my career as a high school math teacher for 6 years. There were parts of the job I loved (relationships with students and fellow teachers) and parts that were extremely stressful (long hours, high expectations on teachers with low expectations for students, and limited job mobility). Eventually, I found the negatives outweighed the positives for me.
I have recently moved onto a new role, where I work on math curriculum for a publishing company. While I originally thought I would teach for most of my career, I eventually realized that it would not be my forever career, but I'm totally okay with that! I don't regret going into teaching, and I've found that my degree and schooling is way more versatile than I originally realized. There are many careers I can use my degrees for, and I'm very happy with my choice to pursue the schooling path that I did.