Time was when career options were limited for maths nerds. It was either banking or accounting. If neither appealed, then academia was your only port of call where you had to do something brilliant (think John Nash and Beautiful Mind) or be booted out. Today, maths geniuses are flourishing, thanks in large to the world realizing how invaluable their talents were at economics, science, finance and basically anything where mathematical rules can be applied. Here is a list of the different types of career paths you can choose if you have the magic of mathematics in you.
Are you good with statistics?
If you are good at calculating the odds and probabilities, if you enjoy drawing graphs and charts, then you are meant to be a statistician. A statistician works closely with personnel in the business industry, such as business advisors, stockbrokers and venture capitalists.
This is because they can mathematically calculate risk, and that ability allows them to give others like business advisors information on which the latter will make predictions about the markets, the economy, the dollar etc. A statistician needs high mathematical training however, so higher academic studies are recommended for anyone interested in this profession.
You Can See Numerical Patterns
If you like to have fun with numbers, if you’re good at spotting numerical patterns and codes, and if you’re good at applying number theory to practical situations, you may become a code breaker with the proper training. As immortalized in pop culture by movies like The Imitation Game and Dan Brown’s thriller novel The Digital Fortress, mathematicians and linguists are highly sought after by government agencies as code breakers. This is because they inherently possess the ability to see beyond the surface and into the logical sequences that make up code, and crack it. While most codes today can be cracked by computer, mathematicians are still recruited to programme these computers to think like them and to break the odd code which defies the mechanical brain.
Computers Work on Numbers Too
The first computer programmer was an English countess known as Augusta Ada King, Countess of Lovelace. She was also a famous mathematician. Ever since the birth of the computer, mathematics has been in close association with the field for programming. Today, maths is one of the mandatory subjects for software programmers in school because the base component of programming is still maths, a hearkening to the times when programmes were punched in numerical sequences on cards. If you have a natural talent for maths, you’ll find that programming languages are easy to learn as they have the logical severity of mathematics and a wider range of functions. Companies are always open to hiring programmers with a strong background in mathematics as they know that maths gives their hires a better grasp of the technology.