Math jobs are available in many different industries. Math jobs are available for those who have a solid understanding a variety of different mathematical concepts. Math majors can find jobs almost anywhere, because a math major prepares you for so many math jobs.
Between 2008 and 2018, math jobs are expected to increase by more than twenty percent. Math jobs tend to be in comfortable spaces with interesting work environments. Many math jobs require advanced degrees, with math jobs requiring Ph.D.’s.
Math jobs can be in Applied Mathematics or Theoretical Mathematics (pure math). Those working theoretical mathematics can be found at the university, either teaching or doing mathematics research. Applied mathematicians work in the field, solving problems, and applying techniques. Applied mathematicians may work in industrial fields solving problems or conducting research on ways to make work conditions more efficient, less expensive, or safer. They may even work analyzing encryption systems.
Math jobs don’t just have to be in the direct field of mathematics. Other fields need people with strong math. Some of those fields are in education, working with the economy, physics, insurance and actuary services, and more.
Some potential math jobs include: Actuaries, computer network administrators, computer scientists, computer software engineers, computer programmers, computer systems analysts, operations research analysts, statisticians, economists, engineers, financial analysts, market research, survey research, personal finance advisors, physicists, astronomers, post-secondary teachers, preschool teachers, elementary teachers, and middle and secondary teachers.
Math jobs pay quite well, too. Mathematicians made an average of $95,150 annually in 2008. The highest ten percent made over $140,000. Mathematical statisticians averaged over $107,000 annually in 2009. Cryptanalysts made over $101,000 in 2009. Math teacher salaries vary from state to state, school district to school district. Actuary analysts can start in the $50,000 range.
Other math jobs can be found anywhere that someone needs to work with numbers. People who work with cars, buying, selling, and repairing need to have a working knowledge of numbers. Surprisingly, musicians tend to be good with numbers, writing music, mixing music, and even playing music has more math in it than most people expect.
Common Math Industries
Math jobs can found in different industries. Math jobs in banking include accountant, auditor, investment analyst, statistician, and systems analyst. Those working in economics can become systems analysts, computing analysts, econometrist, programmer and wage-salary administrator. Communication math jobs include applied mathematician, market researcher, methods analyst, project planner, and salesperson. Government-related math jobs include economist, geodesist, mathematician, operations research analysis, statistician, demographer, contract administrator, inventory controller, technical writer, systems analyst, and cryptanalysts. Insurance math jobs include actuaries, actuarial assistants, demographer, methods analysts, and salesperson.
For those interested in teaching math at the collegiate, secondary, elementary, and preschool levels, they should investigate the requirements in your state and at your local college or university. Many states require teachers to have a major and minor and satisfy teaching requirements.
One thing is for sure, math jobs are growing. Math jobs offer competitive pay, interesting work environments, and challenging tasks