Mathematic Careers

  • Accountant

    Being an accountant involves keeping, auditing, and inspecting the financial records of individuals or businesses. Based on this information, an accountant then prepares financial and tax reports. Math plays a big part not only in totaling debits and credits, but is also used in many other ways. For example, statistical sampling techniques are used to determine the probability of errors occurring in the financial statements.

  • Actuary

    The application of mathematics, particularly probability and statistics, to the insurance industry.

  • Applied Mathematics

    Often this means working on problems in physics, chemistry, geology, and engineering from a mathematical perspective. There are seemingly endless possibilities, ranging from being a climate analyst who models long-term changes in global weather to working as a forensic analyst who investigates data collected at crime scenes to being a population ecologist who works to prevent species from becoming endangered.

  • Biomathematics

    • American Medical Informatics Association

      Lists relevant associations and formal academic and training programs in North America in medical, nursing, and health care informatics. Links to programs outside North America as well.

    • Bioplanet.com

      Bioinformatics related articles including FAQ’s about the career field and what it takes to enter the field.

  • Budget Analyst

    Determine how much money is needed by a company/organization. Use extensive algebraic formulas to calculate which sectors of the company need the most money in order to thrive. As a budget analyst, the decisions you make can largely affect the future of your company. Skills in algebra, statistics, and mathematical modeling are essential for this profession.

  • Economist

    Salary Range=$60,000-$114,000
    Assess the financial situation of a region or industry. Analyze data, observe previous trends, and use modeling techniques to predict upcoming financial changes. Most careers in economics require a strong foundation in mathematics, with a special emphasis on calculus, statistics, and probability.

  • Environmental Mathematician

    Work as member of interdisciplinary team of scientists and professionals studying problems at specific Superfund sites; communicate effectively across many academic disciplines and be able to summarize work in writing.

  • Geomatics Engineer

    Once known as “surveying engineer”, includes geodetic surveying : takes into account the size and shape of the earth, in order to determine the precise horizontal and vertical positions of geodetic reference monuments; cadastral surveying : establishes and reestablishes the reference monuments for the U.S. Public Land Survey System, i.e., township and section corners; topographic surveying : determines the detailed configuration or contour of the natural earth’s surface and the position of fixed objects thereon or related thereto; hydrographic surveying : similarly determines underwater contours and features; land surveying : is the location of existing parcel and new land subdivision lines, road and utility rights-of-way and easement lines, and determination of the location of existing and new reference monuments, which mark property lines and parcel corners; land surveying : also involves the preparation of legal descriptions for officially recorded land ownership conveyance deeds and other land title documents; construction surveying : is the determination of the direction and length between and the elevations of reference points for fixed private and public works, as embraced within the definition and practice of civil engineering, and the labeling of reference markers containing critical information for the construction thereof; design, operation and management of advanced Geographic Information Systems (GIS and Land Information Systems (LIS), as well as other sophisticated computer mapping and CAD based geospatial applications (courtesy of Bruce Hedquist)

  • Imaging Scientist

    Put your mathematical and computer abilities to good use. Use linear algebra and physics principles to create computer-graphics programs, such as photo-editing and retouching applications. Use your imagination and the capabilities of modern technology to create any number of fun programs for yourself or meaningful applications for work. The best part? You can work at home and choose your own hours!

  • Market Researcher

    Determine if your company’s services best meet your customers’ needs. Design consumer satisfaction surveys, follow your company’s industry through the press and other published studies, and supply management with needed information. As a market researcher, it’s important to understand and communicate statistics to see whether your customers are being satisfied.

  • Mathematical Finance

    Mathematics used on Wall Street, for mortgage backing, financial derivatives, and stock market analysis. Sometimes people in this profession are referred to as “quants.”

  • Numerical Analyst

    Develop the best possible mathematical methods and algorithms to solve a certain problem. An example would be designing a satellite computer capable of withstanding the cosmic ray radiation found in outer space. As a numerical analyst, you blend mathematics, computer science, engineering, and physics in order to come up with the best solution for the task at hand.

  • Research Mathematics

    The study of mathematics for its own sake. Just about any mathematics faculty member will be more than happy to chat with you about this. As a career, this almost always requires graduate school; to investigate the possibilites, think about doing something during the summer.

  • Statistics

    The study of methods for collecting, classifying, analyzing and making inferences from data. There are tons of jobs in statistics.