The theoretical world of mathematics has its own beauty that those with a passion for numbers are discovering. Mathematics has traditionally been linked to a few important career paths: financial analyst, economist, data scientist, machine learning specialist. Here are some lesser-known and lucrative career options for math students:
Cryptographer: A cryptographer develops security systems using algorithms and ciphers to encrypt sensitive data. Cryptanalyst, a related function, creates and breaks codes while creating effective means to keep hackers safe. Cryptographers don’t just work with intelligence agencies. Cable companies and financial institutions also review coding signals or transactions. This profession requires an understanding of mathematical principles such as number theory and algebra.
Geodesist: This work uses applied mathematics to accurately measure quantities such as distances between Earth and other planets, changes in Earth’s gravitational pull, and movements in the Earth’s crust. They are so precise in their measurements that they can calculate distances down to a millimeter. This helps scientists approach and predict changes in the landscape and shape of the Earth. Mathematics, with additional training in geodesy, and an ability to use computer databases and computer simulations would be the best combination.
Psychometrician: Personality traits, aptitude, intelligence, behavior and even the presence of disorders such as depression or anxiety are tested by psychometric tests. For this, data is collected, analyzed and different statistical techniques are used to prepare a final list of questions. For those interested in people, human behavior, and math, this is the ideal role. A bachelor’s degree in psychology or a master’s degree in psychology / statistics would also be helpful.
Meteorologist: Meteorology is the study of the Earth’s atmosphere, changes in temperature, humidity, pressure, and other patterns that produce different weather conditions. A complete analysis of the data makes it possible to understand the models and their evolution. A good modeling system can also help meteorologists predict natural disasters. Studying weather conditions using data collected from weather stations, radar, remote sensors and satellite images around the world helps interpret causes and produce forecasts. In addition to a solid background in mathematics, excellent computer skills and strong skills in the analysis and interpretation of complex mathematical data would be useful.
Fraud investigator: These people work with insurance companies and government agencies to ensure that false claims are not accepted. Great attention to detail and strong analytical skills which are essential. Identity theft, insurance fraud, and credit card scams are the most common types of cases. First, a fraud investigator will need to interview and research their cases, followed by a results report to testify to what their investigation has revealed. You may also need to obtain a license as per state requirements.
There is math in music, in people’s personalities, and even in the weather. An interdisciplinary approach to mathematics will help you discover interests.
The writer is co-founder of ACadru.