Math / Science Careers

Those pursuing a degree in the fields of mathematics and science will find a variety of exciting, and perhaps surprising, applications, using their skills to solve problems and provide solutions to a number of industries and government agencies. Statisticians, for example, are found everywhere, including the wide range of fields under the umbrella of business and marketing. They are often responsible for collecting and analyzing data, and interpreting information to assist management with decision-making and policy formulation. Scientists may study the natural world, and use their knowledge to create new products, processes and even create healthy new food products.

Employment Opportunities

Mathematics and science professionals may work in a variety of fields, including:

  • Actuarial
  • Accounting
  • Statistics
  • Research
  • Physics
  • Education
  • Agriculture and food
  • Biology
  • Conservation and forestry
  • Medicine
  • Engineering

Skills

Mathematics and science professionals need a wide range of capabilities, including:

  • Strong business and communication skills
  • Self discipline
  • Computer skills
  • Knowledge of finance
  • Strong analytical skills
  • Curiosity and creativity

Industry Spotlight

Employment of mathematicians is expected to increase by 10 percent during the 2006–16 decade, as fast as the average for all occupations. Advancements in technology usually lead to expanding applications of mathematics, and more workers with knowledge of mathematics will be required in the future.

- Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2008

Science technicians often need an associate degree or experience in building and using scientific equipment, in helping with data collection and analysis, or in other technical tasks. Some of these workers have a bachelor's degree.

- Occupational Outlook Quarterly, Spring 2007 by Terrell, Nicholas