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What jobs are available to someone interested in the math field?

I am a Junior from KIPP Academy in Lynn Massachusetts and for most of my academic career have found a liking in math, as a result of this interest I was hoping to continue pursuing this at the next level and was hoping to see some examples of jobs that involve math. mathematics career-options applied-mathematics


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John’s Answer

Metrology is the science of weights and measures and is my occupation in the Air Force. This career field is responsible for the calibration, repair, and alignment of diagnostic equipment. Specifically, for the Air Force in most cases the diagnostic equipment supports aircraft. If you didn't want to go military there are many civilian companies that produce test equipment and provide calibration like Keysight Technologies, Fluke...etc.

An example of what we do in a laboratory might be the test of a speedometer. It's an instrument that is often taken for granted, but how do you know you are actually going the speed it says? There are calibrators all over the world that verify measures like mass, torque, voltage, radio frequency, noise, pressure, temp...etc. All the things we enjoy are the result accurate and standardized measurements. Experts in this field are usually pretty good at math too. This is just one idea, I'm sure there are other great math jobs too.

Other names for this field are:
PMEL
Calibration
Instrumentation
TMDE
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Nattakarn’s Answer

Jaythean,

I would recommend the Engineering Field if you love match. I also provide the link to more information about the Engineering, mathematicians and statisticians for your reference. You can review the job descriptions, flexibility of the working hours and responsibilities from the job listing for each engineering field and review the Expected Salary Potential. You can also search for other occupation on this page as well. Once you made the decision you can join the Co-Op Program to see if it fits you.

I provided the links to the Bureau of Labor Statistics Website which has a great information for each engineering field. You will be able to find the Job Summary, Payscale, Work Environment, etc. from this website to help you determine which field would fit you better. Please check out the link below for more details. You can also search for other career fields as well.

Architecture and Engineering Occupations
https://www.bls.gov/ooh/architecture-and-engineering/home.htm

Mechanical Engineers
https://www.bls.gov/ooh/architecture-and-engineering/mechanical-engineers.htm

Civil Engineers
https://www.bls.gov/ooh/architecture-and-engineering/civil-engineers.htm

Aerospace Engineers
https://www.bls.gov/ooh/architecture-and-engineering/aerospace-engineers.htm

Architecture and Engineering Occupations
https://www.bls.gov/ooh/architecture-and-engineering/home.htm

Industrial Engineers
https://www.bls.gov/ooh/architecture-and-engineering/industrial-engineers.htm

Environmental Engineers
https://www.bls.gov/ooh/and-engineering/environmental-engineers.htm

Agricultural Engineers
https://www.bls.gov/ooh/architecture-and-engineering/agricultural-engineers.htm

Electrical and Electronics Engineers
https://www.bls.gov/ooh/architecture-and-engineering/electrical-and-electronics-engineers.htm

Petroleum Engineers
https://www.bls.gov/ooh/architecture-and-engineering/petroleum-engineers.htm

Nuclear Engineers
https://www.bls.gov/ooh/architecture-and-engineering/nuclear-engineers.htm

Bioengineers and Biomedical Engineers
https://www.bls.gov/ooh/architecture-and-engineering/biomedical-engineers.htm

Computer Hardware Engineers
https://www.bls.gov/ooh/architecture-and-engineering/computer-hardware-engineers.htm

Chemical Engineers
https://www.bls.gov/ooh/architecture-and-engineering/chemical-engineers.htm

Health and Safety Engineers
https://www.bls.gov/ooh/architecture-and-engineering/health-and-safety-engineers.htm


Materials Engineers
https://www.bls.gov/ooh/architecture-and-engineering/materials-engineers.htm

Electrical Engineers
https://www.bls.gov/oes/current/oes172071.htm

Electrical and Electronics Engineers
https://www.bls.gov/ooh/architecture-and-engineering/electrical-and-electronics-engineers.htm



Math Occupations: https://www.bls.gov/ooh/math/home.htm

Employment in math occupations is projected to grow 27 percent from 2019 to 2029, much faster than the average for all occupations, and will add about 56,100 jobs. Growth is anticipated as businesses and government agencies continue to emphasize the use of big data, which math occupations analyze.

Math occupations had a median annual wage of $90,410 in May 2019, which was higher than the median annual wage for all occupations of $39,810.

OCCUPATION
Actuaries
Actuaries use mathematics, statistics, and financial theory to analyze the financial costs of risk and uncertainty.

Bachelor's degree $108,350
Mathematicians and Statisticians
Mathematicians and statisticians analyze data and apply mathematical and statistical techniques to help solve problems.

Master's degree $92,030
Operations Research Analysts
Operations research analysts use advanced mathematical and analytical methods to help solve complex issues.


Bachelor's degree $84,810
Operations Research Analysts
Operations research analysts use advanced mathematical and analytical methods to help solve complex issues.
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Nish’s Answer

I did my undergraduate degree in Applied Mathematics and Economics. Though my weakest subjects were statistics and mathematical modeling, modeling was what I really wanted to do. I was very lucky to get a job at JP Morgan Chase's Credit Card business within a department called Decision Science which was within Marketing. So one might think of it as quantitative marketing. The team I worked in was responsible for conducting complex, multi-factor pricing experiments (yes, it was in junk mail, but trust me, the math was fascinating!), modeling the results and then using those models in a financial simulation to optimize the prices we put on the rest of the credit card offers we sent. Ultimately, I learned the statistics and modeling on the job. Subsequently, I worked in Decision Science and Risk Management organizations at Citigroup and Barclays banks, then eventually moved to Verizon to do work in Finance related modeling and most recently Customer Experience analytics (think modeling the results people gives on Customer surveys).
In general, I would say, that you could really get ANY kind of job with a math degree. It really depends on your expectations and the things you like and are good at. Math is really a wide area of study that ultimately exercises your brain in modes of thinking. For example, you can study pure math, which involves a lot of mathematical proofs of abstract concepts. Traditionally one might say you would do research, or teach. But there's nothing stopping you from going to Law school with that degree (you would probably ace the LSAT's logic section) or even Medical school.
For me, I wanted to apply math to something. I started with the physical sciences, but really didn't enjoy biology/chem or physics (even though I loved calculus). My breakthrough came when I took my first micro-economics class. For the first time, through studying supply and demand curves, I realized I could apply differential calculus to all my econ problems. I was pretty much hooked and was also able to get better grades than the folks who only study econ.
For you, you may want to consider the things that you enjoy about mathematics and see if you like it on its own or with something you can apply it to. From that point on, you may find many more opportunities available to you.
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Zulfa’s Answer

Hi, Mathematics are really wide, the career related to Maths are many in various industries, depends on the specialization. So if you are thinking of pursuing your college or degrees in Maths, generally I would say, being a teacher or professor is the easy example. But if you would like to explore more specialization in Maths, you can go for Statistics/Data Science or Actuarial Science. With these courses, we can go for a data analyst, data scientist, Actuary careers. And these careers exist in almost all kind of industries and companies, be it, IT, Medical, Banking and etc. Also, my friend who graduated in Maths, are now working at an Insurance Company, managing the data sales analysis. Some of them are working in a Hospital as a Medical Data Analyst, and some are working in Bank as an Actuary & data analyst. In IT industries, there will always a career for data science, as a data scientist.

Good luck for your future^^
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Simeon’s Answer

You'll probably want to explore how you feel about wanting to pursue math in profit versus non-profit fields and how academic you want your work to be. Like what's been said above, you can find work in Physics and Engineering, but you could also find work in Accounting and Finance. Plus, if you are interested enough in math, you could also pursue teaching math, whether as a teacher in grade school or as a professor after getting graduate degrees. Look up videos on Youtube about what the lives of different workers for these careers feels like. If you don't like the competitive pressures of the business world, you may want to pursue jobs that are more related to research such as being a lab tech.
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Dianne’s Answer

Great question and lots of different answers provided already! Any Finance related occupations such as Accountants, Financial Planners (both certified or not) are obvious choices but there are numerous specialties within. Corporate Accounting provides various levels of accounting for departments such as Fixed Assets, General Ledger, Strategic Planning, Financial Planning & Analysis, etc. I began my career in Non-profit accounting, spent time in public accounting and settled into a corporate role. Once corporate, I started in Finance (Fixed Assets) and then moved into a Financial Planning role within Engineering.

Engineering careers are also great for mathematically skilled individuals - Electrical, Mechanical, etc. Literally all aspects of Engineering requires mathematical aptitude.

The Sciences are another area of study which requires a certain level of math - meteorologists, chemists, pharmaceutical, etc.

I would take a look at what other interests you have and then determine what career path you choose to focus on.
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Zulfa’s Answer

Hi, Mathematics are really wide, the career related to Maths are many in various industries, depends on the specialization. So if you are thinking of pursuing your college or degrees in Maths, generally I would say, being a teacher or professor is the easy example. But if you would like to explore more specialization in Maths, you can go for Statistics/Data Science or Actuarial Science. With these courses, we can go for a data analyst, data scientist, Actuary careers. And these careers exist in almost all kind of industries and companies, be it, IT, Medical, Banking and etc. Also, my friend who graduated in Maths, are now working at an Insurance Company, managing the data sales analysis. Some of them are working in a Hospital as a Medical Data Analyst, and some are working in Bank as an Actuary & data analyst. In IT industries, there will always a career for data science, as a data scientist.

Good luck for your future^^
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Heidi’s Answer

A great career option for someone with a math degree could be teaching grade school and/or college professor or an actuarial analyst. I have an undergrad in math and was an actuarial analyst for a few years and was certified to teach 7-12 grade.
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Dasa’s Answer

My son is a mechanical engineer and says his love for math has worked well in the mechanical engineering field.
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